Tuesday marks anniversaries of catastrophic hurricanes Katrina, Ida as Hurricane Idalia aims at Florida
The anniversaries fall just one day before Idalia is predicted to make landfall Wednesday morning on the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast. The storm is expected to escalate into an extremely hazardous Category 3 hurricane.
The anniversaries fall just one day before Idalia is predicted to make landfall on the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to escalate into an extremely hazardous Category 3 hurricane, with destructive winds, flooding rains, and storm surges that pose a risk to life along most of the state's west coast.
Those winds pushed a catastrophic storm surge of between 10 and 30 feet in the region ashore. All that water overtopped or breached levees meant to protect New Orleans, which led to calamitous flooding and a humanitarian crisis.
A residential area is engulfed in shipping containers, RVs, and boats washed ashore on August 30, 2005, in Gulfport, Mississippi following high winds and waves of Hurricane Katrina.
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People are stranded on a roof due to flood waters from Hurricane Katrina on August 30, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Flood waters from Hurricane Katrina cover streets on August 30, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The remains of a front porch of a beach house is shown after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 31,2005, in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Deaths from the storm were revised this year to 1,392 fatalities, both direct and indirect. A majority of those deaths – 341 – happened in Louisiana, and most of those people were over the age of 60.
According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, Hurricane Katrina caused $125 billion in damage in 2005. Adjusted for inflation, the estimated cost of damage caused by the hurricane is $186.3 billion in 2022. That cements its position as the costliest U.S. hurricane on record. Hurricane Harvey in 2017 comes in second at $148.8 billion.
People react as a sudden rain shower soaks them with water while riding out of a flooded neighborhood in a volunteer high water truck assisting people evacuating from homes after neighborhoods flooded in LaPlace, Louisiana on August 30, 2021 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
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According to the NHC report, the storm caused a total of $75 billion in damages. This puts Hurricane Ida in fifth place on the list of costliest landfalling hurricanes on record.