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Weakened Katrina still packs a punch

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday evening as it headed north, threatening Tennessee and the Ohio Valley with heavy rains.

Bush declares La., Miss. disaster areas

EL MIRAGE, Ariz., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- President Bush Monday declared major disasters in Louisiana and Mississippi hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina's wind and rain.

Katrina slams CNN mobile unit

GULFPORT, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- CNN's mobile storm center was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss., Monday, but there were no injuries.

Key natural gas terminal survives Katrina

ERATH, La., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- One of the most strategically important natural gas terminals in the United States survived Hurricane Katrina and was back in operation late Monday.

Natural gas hits record high

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices Monday hit yet another nominal high as Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of nearly half of all Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas output. High-quality crude for October delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $70.80 per barrel

U.S. stocks gain despite Gulf hurricane

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices stepped back from early morning highs of more than $70 per barrel to help U.S. stocks post solid gains.

Katrini pounds Alabama

MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The Alabama National Guard began deploying troops as Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Gulf Coast.

U.S. energy business reels under Katrina

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina closed at least 12 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity Monday and closed nearly all Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production.

Superdome roof peels off

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- CNN reports the New Orleans Superdome, where 10,000 took shelter from Hurricane Katrina, has started leaking.

Stars flee Big Easy film sets

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has shut down production on at least two Hollywood projects filming in the New Orleans area.

Katrina ruins student's college plans

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has blown away at least for now the plans of 18-year-old Kyle Kogan of Chicago to attend Tulane University in New Orleans.

Barbour: Katrina a 'terrible storm'

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Monday characterized Hurricane Katrina as a "terrible storm," and prayed it would not chalk up a death toll like Camille's.

Katrina opens assault on Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina brought heavy rain and high wind to the Gulf Coast Sunday, on course to make landfall Monday with near-160 mph winds and waves over 20 feet.

Oil production halted by Katrina

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Oil prices surged higher after Hurricane Katrina forced producers in the Gulf of Mexico to halt production and evacuate workers.

1 million evacuated as Katrina approaches

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An estimated 1 million people evacuated New Orleans and surrounding areas as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast Sunday.
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A man carries a baby through the flooded streets of New Orleans outside the cities Super Dome football stadium on August 31, 2005. Tens of thousands of displaced citizens sought shelter at the dome, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, but have been forced to evacuate as floodwaters continue to rise throughout the area. (UPI Photo/Jeremy L. Grisham/Navy) .
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Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as all Mississippi beachfront towns, which were flooded over 90% in hours, as boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, with waters reaching 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach.

The hurricane protection failures in New Orleans prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965. Responsibility for the failures and flooding was laid squarely on the Army Corps in January 2008, but the federal agency could not be held financially liable due to sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass.

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