Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:


  • Katrina hit the southern tip of Florida on Thursday as a
    Category One hurricane, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Deaths: Nine.
  • Evacuations: As the storm aimed at the Gulf Coast, people on
    Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key were urged to
    evacuate Sunday.
  • Power outages: About 314-thouasand residential and business
    customers in South Florida remained without power Monday morning.
  • Damage: Initial computer modeling estimates pegged the insured
    wind damage at 600 (m) million dollars to two (b) billion dollars.


  • Katrina strengthened to a Category Five storm over the Gulf of
    Mexico but weakened slightly and came ashore early Monday as a
    Category Four storm with wind of 145 miles-per-hour.
  • Evacuations: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the entire
    city of 485-thousand to evacuate. For those who couldn't, the city
    opened 10 shelters, including the Superdome, and urged people to
    bring three- to five days worth of supplies.
  • Nagin estimated that 80 percent of the city's residents had
    left, leaving about 97-thousand still in town.
  • Some 370-thousand customers in southeast Louisiana were
    estimated to be without power
  • About nine-thousand spent the night at the Superdome. Power
    failed at around 5 a.m. Monday.


  • Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.
  • The Wolf River in Harrison County poured out of its banks and
    approached record levels, threatening a large number of homes.
  • Evacuations: Residents all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
    headed inland Sunday. Thousands spent the night in shelters.
  • A tornado watch was posted for the southern portion of the
  • The state is expecting between 250 and 350-thousand evacuees
    from Louisiana.


  • Governor Bob Riley declared a state of emergency.
  • The storm hammered Alabama's coast early today with huge waves
    and tree-bending winds. Frothy gulf waters swirled in the streets
    of Gulf Shores.
  • Evacuations: All coastal and low-lying areas of south Mobile
    County and the beachfront and flood-prone areas of Baldwin County
    were told to leave.
  • Flooding reported on Dauphin Island.
  • Gulf Shores under curfew all day today.


  • Crude oil futures spiked to more than 70-dollars a barrel for
    the first time today. Oil companies shut down one (m) million
    barrels of refining capacity in the Gulf, but that amount could be
    far higher because not every producer reports data, said Peter
    Beutel, an oil analyst with Cameron Hanover.