Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Landfall 14 Years Ago Today

Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Landfall 14 Years Ago Today
Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Landfall 14 Years Ago Today
Hurricane Katrina 2005
Hurricane Katrina 2005

Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Landfall 14 Years Ago Today (see video below) – Hurricane Season is just ramping up for 2019, with some similarities to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. Katrina originated over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, from the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten.

Early on the following day, the tropical depression then intensified into a tropical storm as it headed generally westward toward Florida, strengthening into a hurricane only two hours before making landfall at Hallandale Beach and Aventura on August 25. After very briefly weakening again to a tropical storm, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to rapidly intensify.

The storm strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on August 29, 2005, over southeast Louisiana and Mississippi.

Over fifty breaches in surge protection levees surrounding the city of New Orleans, Louisiana was the cause of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina.Hurricane Dorian Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities

Today we are watching Hurricane Dorian as she blows through the Caribbean. Where Hurricane Dorian will track is still up in the air, but it appears at this hour, the hurricane will come ashore on the eastern shores of Central to Northern Florida.

Hurricane Dorian data from an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Dorian has intensified, and San Juan radar data show that the eye is becoming better defined. Dorian should remain in an environment of low shear, within a moistening mid-level air mass, and over SSTs near 29 deg C for the next several days. This should allow for Dorian to intensify into a major hurricane.

Key Messages:

  • 1. The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds later this week and this weekend continues to increase in the central and northwestern Bahamas and along the Florida east coast, although it is too soon to determine where these hazards will occur. Residents in these areas should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and not focus on the exact forecast track of Dorian’s center.
  • 2. Heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern United States later this week and into early next week.

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Video: Hurricane Katrina Day by Day | National Geographic