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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Hurricane Katrina almost eradicated the western end of this barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico.

The island was split in two, with the undeveloped far-western half becoming a new island, which some want to call Katrina Key.

On the western end of the developed portion, seen here, a third of the homes were destroyed—including those pictured—and the island was denuded of vegetation.

To make matters worse, Dauphin Island will almost certainly be slammed by another hurricane—and probably sooner rather than later.

(Watch a video about how Hurricane Katrina formed.)

—Richard A. Lovett

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