On August 23rd, 2005, in the Bahamas, Tropical Depression 10 and a Tropical Wave crashed together and formed Hurricane Katrina. This was known as Tropical Depression 12 in the Bahamas.
By August 27th, many people evacuated. The worst estimated area that would get hit by Katrina was New Orleans. Mayor Ray Nagin ordered New Orleans to evacuate. People who couldn’t manage a way to get out of the city went to the Superdome in Louisiana. Lots chose the other choice: to wait out the storm. They felt a need to protect their property.
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina first hit the Florida Panhandle, on Hallandale Beach. Katrina moved to Southeast Louisiana, near Buras-Triumph, rising to a category 3. Hurricane Katrina was extremely close to New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina went to New Orleans, it grew to a category 5. At this time, this was the highest peak of Katrina's power. The tens of thousands who chose to wait out the storm at home were in big trouble. Dirty and muddy water rushed through the streets filling up people’s houses. People were dying by drowning in the deep murky water. Stranded on rooftops of houses,people were scared, hungry and sick.
There were about 20,000 people in the Superdome when Katrina hit. Most of them had no food or medical care. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it still continued into Mississippi. It was now a category 3. It lost strength near Meridian, Mississippi, and instead lowered to a Tropical Depression in Tennessee. Pieces of the Depression were consumed by a Frontal Boundary. The rest of the storm moved into Canada.
In the Superdome, buses came and took about 13,000 of the evacuees to other shelters. There were also many reports of looting. A lot of these reports were just survivors looking for food and water. Louis Armstrong International Airport reopened and evacuees boarded the planes. September 6th, 2005, Mayor Ray Nagin evacuated everyone as a mandatory order to whoever was not involved in the city’s restoration. A total of 1,833 people had been killed, which devastated the U.S.
Today, in 2016, 11 years after Katrina, survivors still remember horrible memories in the hurricane. So many witnessed the death of their own families and friends. This still stays in their mind, following them wherever they go.