Hurricane Katrina: Complete Coverage

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Gulf Wracked By Katrina's Latest Legacy—Disease, Poisons, Mold
A month after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, medical experts are now struggling with the region's latest crisis: a contaminated environment. Go >>

Still Struggling, Katrina's Victims Tell Stories of Survival
Without homes after nearly a month, victims of Hurricane Katrina tell stories of survival, charity, violence, and newfound love. Go >>

Katrina Pet Rescue Efforts Offer Lessons for the Future
Animal welfare groups met with Congress yesterday to discuss how lessons learned from Katrina might improve the way animals are handled during disaster response. Go >>

Many Islands "Gone," Wetlands Gutted After Katrina, Experts Say
Hurricane Katrina destroyed large swaths of wetlands and barrier islands off the U.S. Gulf Coast, scientists say, and humans are partly to blame for the damage. Go >>

Hurricane Hunter Gets an Insider's View of Katrina
Hurricane Katrina destroyed large swaths of wetlands and barrier islands off the U.S. Gulf Coast, scientists say, and humans are partly to blame for the damage. Go >>

Hurricane Katrina: The Essential Time Line
A blow-by-blow of the historic storm—its birth, its path, its landfall, and its aftermath. Go >>

Fishing "Shut Down," Oyster Beds Destroyed by Katrina
Hurricane Katrina has left many Gulf Coast fisheries and oyster beds in ruins, leaving the region's fishermen, oystermen, and shrimpers to face a lengthy recovery. Go >>

Web Maps Offer Info, Aid to Katrina Victims
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Google Maps and a host of spin-off sites are giving users a bird's-eye view of the aftermath of disaster. Go >>

Katrina's Stranded Pets Spur Massive Aid Effort
Members of one of the largest grassroots animal-rescue efforts in U.S. history have started arriving on the Gulf Coast to save the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina. Go >>

Aquarium Animals Evacuate New Orleans; Zoo Gets Relief
The few surviving animals at New Orleans's aquarium are being evacuated, and the city's zoo has received an influx of workers. Go >>

Katrina Weakened, But Didn't Wipe Out, Invasive Rodents
Hurricane Katrina dealt a blow to the nutria, the invasive rodent species that plagues the Gulf states. But efforts to control it are far from over. Go >>

New Orleans Floodwater Fouled With Bacteria, Chemicals
Public health officials and environmental experts warn that New Orleans's floodwater is a highly dangerous cocktail of petrochemicals and sewage. Go >>

Eye on the Storm: Hurricane Katrina Fast Facts
Fast facts about the incredible power of Hurricane Katrina and the tragic destruction wrought by the storm. Go >>

FEMA Head Defends Katrina Relief Response
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency defended his agency's response to the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, New Orleans's mayor issued a "desperate SOS" for help. Go >>

New Orleans Levees Not Built for Worst Case Events
The New Orleans levee system wasn't built to withstand a storm of Katrina's size. In the wake of the catastrophe, other communities may need to reevaluate their own levee protections. Go >>

Katrina's Growth Echoed 1935's "Storm of Century"
In its unusually rapid intensification, Hurricane Katrina was eerily similar to the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, which struck Florida 70 years ago today. Go >>

Katrina Online: Strange Tales, Pleas for Help, Offers of Aid
In Katrina's wake the Web has filled with cries for help, offers of assistance, and strange tales from a devastated Gulf Coast. Go >>

New Orleans Flooded in Wake of Hurricane Katrina
August 31, 2005—Broken levees are allowing floodwaters to pour into New Orleans, endangering thousands of residents in a city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina Monday. Go >>

Gulf Coast Surveys Damage From Hurricane Katrina
August 30, 11 a.m. ET—Residents from Louisiana to Florida began digging out today from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Go >>

Hurricane Katrina Pulls Its Punches in New Orleans
August 29, 2 p.m. ET—The city avoided a worst-case pounding, but not by much. Elsewhere on the Gulf Coast storm surges spurred flooding. Go >>

News Archive: Louisiana Coast Threatened by Wetlands Loss
In February 2005, National Geographic News reported that disappearing marshlands were making the U.S. Gulf Coast vulnerable to flooding and severe hurricane damage. Go >>


Video in the News: New Orleans—A Man-Made Disaster?
See how decades of efforts to curb the forces of nature in New Orleans are now giving the city a sinking feeling—literally. Go >>

Video in the News: How Hurricane Katrina Was Born
How did the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history form? Our video time line tells the tale via satellite images, graphics, and on-the-scene footage. Go >>

Video in the News: The Fury of Hurricane Katrina
See the full fury of Hurricane Katrina in video taken by storm cameraman Mike Theiss. Go >>

Why New Orleans Is Vulnerable to Hurricanes
A 2004 National Geographic video shows how the levees of New Orleans contributed to the destruction of the city this week by Hurricane Katrina. Go >>

Hurricane Katrina Animation
Hurricane Katrina stormed on to the U.S. Gulf Coast Monday, August 29, as a dangerous Category Four hurricane. Watch this animation to see how one of the worst storms to make U.S. landfall formed. Go >>


Hurricane Katrina: How You Can Help
Looking to donate cash, goods or services? Want to volunteer? USA Freedom Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggest ways to make a difference. Go >>

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