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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.
The predicted path of Tropical Storm Katrina, as of 4 a.m. CST on Aug. 30, 2005. The storm continues to lose force as it moves farther inland.
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, flew propeller-driven Lockheed-Martin WC-130 aircraft directly into the eye of Katrina. This archived photo shows the "stadium effect" that occurs in the eye of a strong hurricanes. It looks like you are in the middle of a stadium of clouds. Videos on the site let you take a tour inside the eye of a hurricane.