Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

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Caption: Hurricane Katrina over the Louisiana coast on 29 August 2005. Katrina first made landfall near Miami, Florida on August 24 as a category 1 hurricane. It then moved south into the Gulf of Mexico where it intensified to a category 5 storm. It made landfall in Louisiana on 29 August, as a category 4 storm with sustained winds of 240 Kilometres per hour. Katrina caused immense damage and flooding and has killed over 50 people. Early estimates put the cost of the hurricane at $25 billion, making it the most expensive ever. Hurricanes are enormous rotating storm systems that form over tropical seas. They can be hundreds of kilometres wide. Image taken by the MODIS instrument on board NASA's Terra satellite.

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