Hurricane Katrina Smashes Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina Approaches Florida
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Hurricane Katrina is imaged by NASA's Terra satellite at 1 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday, two hours after the National Hurricane Center announced that the hurricane was set to become one of the most powerful storms to strike the U.S. In this image Katrina is a Category Five hurricane, the highest category in the hurricane-strength scale.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center announced August 29 that Katrina made landfall at 6.10 a.m. Central Time near Buras, Louisiana, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans, as a category four hurricane—still very dangerous. Maximum winds were estimated at 140 miles per hour (225 kilometers per hour).

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—Image courtesy NASA
 
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