Just eight years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the United States.
The storm was the worst natural disaster in damage in the history of the United States. Winds just before landfall were at 175mph and gusting to 200 mph. The storm surge was estimated to be over thirty feet in many areas.
In 2012 dollars, the damage was $148 Billion! Even more upsetting was that officially 1,836 died in Hurricane Katrina but there are still many missing which most likely would take the death toll above 2,000. A vast majority of them were in Louisiana where 1,577 died in the storm. Over 90,000 square miles were declared a disaster area which is about the size of the United Kingdom.
The storm was picked as the second most memorable media event in the history of television. The entire world mobilized to assist the United States as the horror of the storm played out on international media.
Many believe the inaction by the Bush administration was the beginning of the end of his public support.
National Geographic has created a video of the five days of the storm.