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The Impacts Of Hurricane Katrina

800,000 Houses, This is the sum of how many homes were destroyed and lost. I’m sure no person could imagine waking up with everything they needed and then the next day wake up with absolutely nothing. Hurricane season if from the beginning of June and until the end of November. In this time in 2005 one of the world’s worst natural disasters occurred on August 23 and ended August 31 and it destroyed everything in it’s path like office buildings, local restaurants, businesses, many homes and even killed people.

Hurricane Katrina terrorized and destroyed most of the Southeastern area of the United States in 2005. In the beggining August 23, 2005 a storm came to life in the caribbean but not yet did it have a name. What happened in the beginning was just a storm of rain and clouds darkened with winds of 39 miles per hour. As it grew and strengthened an August 24, it got its title as Katrina. It then splashed the Bahamas with lots of rain and it’s winds raised up 40 miles an hour.

The hurricane made its way to Florida and it moved across the ocean and gained even more energy from the water as it proceeded. When it got to Florida it was announced as a category one tornado. After leaving Florida on the morning of August 26, Katrina headed southwest over the Gulf of Mexico. Once wind speeds of close to 100 miles per hour 161 km/h. Late that morning, the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to a category two hurricane and forecasted the possibility that Katrina could intensify to category 4 status within 72 hours.

The NHC also forecast a 90 percent likelihood that the storm would hit New Orleans head-on, which could be disastrous since much of the city was below sea level (Caravantes 13). As predicted, Katrina grew in strength and was upgraded to a category 3 hurricane in the early hours of August 27. By midnight, it had become a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. The following morning, the storm had developed into a category five hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mile per hour and wind and wind gusts as high as 215 miler per hour (Kreed 12).

Hurricane resulted in about 1,200 deaths (“ Hurricane Katrina”). Hundreds of thousands of people were rendered homeless, many permanently, and estimates totaled to more than $100 billion in damage. In days to come after the storm the place of New Orleans and other sites from Katrina made headlines and many national news stories from the dead to the survivors and even all the damage that occurred. Many people took shelter water and food because they no longer had homes because of the hurricane, many other homes in the community were okay but had complete black outs with no water, heat, air or electricity.

The government and other citizens opened their homes and shelters to help the people in need and it took more than a decade to repair damages and build new homes and new places that were old places in the community but were destroyed in the result of Hurricane Katrina. In addition there’s no way this horrific disaster could have been prevented. All people can do is hope and pray that they’ll be okay. The citizens of New Orleans couldn’t have been ready but afterwards is what matters.

It took more than 10 years to rebuild the damages just in New Orleans and there’s still more to build. That’s just a fraction of what the hurricane destroyed. The people were not alone the Red Cross set up camps, shelters, and even temporary schools so the children could still get their education and to help the citizens of New Orleans get a little bit back to their normal lives and schedules. There are still people do this day that are homeless and live in shelters but they are still being helped by their neighbors, friends and families.

There are many things that could have been done or prevented but in reality no one can’t stop a Hurricane or what it does it’s inevitable. Hurricanes can’t be destroyed, all they can do is destroy and terrorize and take lives. People have to accept that they can’t do anything. The lesson now learned is that all a person can do is be prepared for the worst and fight through it even if it takes away and destroys everything that person ever loved and worked for.

This very hurricane tore through and left much of nothing in the Southern East part region in the united states in 2005. In conclusion there’s nothing much anybody can do to prevent a natural disaster from occurring. But people can learn from their mistakes and be ready if anything else so disastrous that is to happen in the future. Many families lost their homes, dignity, memories, everything they worked for and even some their lives. Their was nothing one single person could to about Hurricane Katrina as it destroyed everything.

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