Images: Deadly Katrina hits Gulf Coast

Images: Deadly Katrina hits Gulf Coast

Summary: The hurricane hit land in Louisiana but changed direction to miss New Orleans--but spread devastation into Mississippi instead.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • slowing down

    This satellite image is from around 10:30 a.m. CST on Aug. 31, 2005, as Tropical Depression Katrina storms the Great Lakes. The hurricane was responsible for at least 120 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.

  • hitting Louisiana

    It was a different scene the morning of Aug. 29, as Katrina hit land in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  • power path

    This chart shows the path of Hurricane Katrina and the power that it picked up as it swept from Florida across the Gulf of Mexico. The warm water increased the strength of Katrina's hurricane-force winds (red) and the tropical winds (brown). The winds weakened when the storm hit land.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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