On this date in 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall thirty miles east of New Orleans, Louisiana, in a place called Buras at 6:10 in the morning. Katrina was initially deemed a Category Four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 - 150 mph at the time of landfall. Katrina was a Category Five just twenty five hours earlier with sustained winds of 175 mph and higher gusts. However, later that week she was reclassified as a category three with sustained winds of 125 mph at the time of its Louisiana landfall.
She hit south Florida on the 24th and the Florida Keys on the 25th as a minimal Category One with sustained winds of 80 mph. Eighty percent of New Orleans ended up under water. Katrina claimed over 1800 lives with hundreds more missing and thousands left homeless. Katrina resulted in the most fatalities from a hurricane since the 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane which claimed 2500 lives in south Florida. Katrina also surpassed Hurricane Andrew not only as the costliest hurricane to strike the United States but also became the costliest natural disaster in our history. This was the hurricane season when we had to use six Greek names for storms as we ran through the alphabet.
The tropics have been quiet this month. It looks like we will have no hurricanes in the most of August for only the third time in recorded history and the first time since 1997. It's never too late to download our 9 Hurricane Tracker @ wusa9.com.