K. Florida, USA
Hurricane Katrina over Florida.
Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
K. Florida, USA

K. Florida, USA

Courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8199


Hurricane Katrina was a relatively weak Category 1 hurricane as it approached Florida on August 24, 2005. After crossing the Florida peninsula the warm Gulf of Mexico waters caused it to grow to a Category 5 hurricane in nine hours. On August 29 this powerful hurricane struck the Louisiana coast and New Orleans and caused an estimated $81 billion in damages and killed at least 1,836 people.

An outline of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Gulf coastline have been added to this image.