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9. Hurricane Katrina Smashes Gulf Coast

Shown just east of Florida, 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. The storm weakened as it crossed Florida but rapidly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico before battering the U.S. Gulf Coast.

See the Hurricane Katrina photo gallery this image originally appeared in.

Originally published August 2005

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