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Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

The storm season of 2005 was one of the busiest on record. By the end of August, the summer had already been punctuated with at least three hurricanes and more than six tropical storms.

First there was Cindy. On July 5, Cindy struck Grande Isle, Louisiana, south of New Orleans. At the time, it was thought to be technically a tropical storm but afterwards it was upgraded to a Category One hurricane.

Hurricane Dennis came immediately after. On July 7, Dennis struck Cuba as a Category Four hurricane. On July 10, Dennis made landfall again, this time in the Pensacola area as a Category Three hurricane.

Hurricane Emily was not far behind. It formed on July 10 and soon became a Category Five hurricane. Fortunately, by the time it struck Mexico on July 18 and again on July 20 its wind speed had slowed to a Category Four and then a Category Three.

Just as they always have, the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast closely watched these hurricanes and all the tropical storms. But very few people probably paid much attention when Tropical Storm Katrina made its first announcement to the City of New Orleans on Wednesday, August 24, as a small article inside the front section of the Times –Picayune. The article simply stated that yet another tropical storm was developing. No one knew that New Orleans was about to change completely.