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.

Hurricane Warning issued for Gul Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a Hurricane Warning for the north Central Gulf Coast Saturday as Hurricane Katrina crossed the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Coast waits for Katrina

MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Gulf Coast between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle began battening down Saturday, preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina strengthens, Florida views damage

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Forecasters warned late Friday Hurricane Katrina, currently crossing the Gulf of Mexico, could be a major hurricane by the time it hits land again.

Family boat missing in hurricane area

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A family of five, including three children, was reported missing on a boat trip in the general area of Hurricane Katrina Friday off Florida.

2 killed by trees as Katrina makes land

MIAMI, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina, packing 80 mph winds, came ashore at about 7 p.m. Thursday between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach, Fla.

Fla. warns against price gouging

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Florida officials Thursday warned retailers against price gouging when Hurricane Katrina blows over the state.

Crude oil prices take a break from rising

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices hit another nominal record Thursday because of fears over possible production interruptions in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Hurricane Katrina
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) .

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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