Hurricane Katrina Facts
A list of Hurricane Katrina Facts that are not mentioned often.
Hurricane Katrina was the most costly hurricane in history. It flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and destroyed more than 100,000 homes.
For such a devastating Hurricane, Katrina's wind speed when it hit land was only about the strength of a strong category 1 hurricane.
Many of today's big hurricanes including Katrina are not formed in the deep tropics like other past legendary hurricanes, but much closer to the States.
Before Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi did not have minimum statewide building codes.
The first water that flowed into New Orleans was clear clean ocean water from the storm surges. But in a couple of days time, the water turned black and was incredibly foul from raw sewage and dead bodies. People develop rashes on their legs from standing in it.
There were a lot of hazards besides the water and wind after Katrina passed through. There were fires and explosions from exposed gas lines and electric wires were down too. A number of people were electrocuted days after the hurricane.
Nearly 2,000 people was killed by Hurricane Katrina.