Hurricane Katrina Smashes Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina Approaches Florida
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Hurricane Katrina had become a Category One hurricane, the lowest category in the hurricane-strength scale, when NASA's Terra satellite captured this image on August 25, 2005. The hurricane formed as a tropical depression late on August 23 and developed quickly into a tropical storm by the next morning.

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