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Hurricane Katrina

In late August 2005, much of the United States tracked the progress of Hurricane Katrina, as reported by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices, and news media. The hurricane strengthened considerably as it moved over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and caused devastating effects on the Gulf Coast, especially in Louisiana and Mississippi. Warnings and evacuation orders were issued well ahead of the storm, but many lives were lost, and there was tens of billions of dollars in property damage. Reporting on the storm and its aftereffects was a national focus for weeks, and reporting regarding recovery efforts and the effects of displacement on coastal residents continues years after the incident. Understanding the physical conditions of the ...

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