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Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi

The winds on the northeastern quadrant of a hurricane are the strongest. These are the winds that hit Mississippi, together with a wall of water over 27 feet high. Along the beach, this wall of water swept away everything in its path. In many places, the water surged inland six miles. At rivers and other inlets, the surge penetrated as far as twelve miles.

The storm raked up the length of the entire state. In addition to the winds of the hurricane itself, the inland portions of Mississippi suffered tremendous rainfall and tornadoes spawned by the storm. Thousands of trees were uprooted or snapped in two. Roofs of houses were ripped off. Electrical and telephone lines were destroyed. Even as Mississippi had to shelter its own residents, it also found space to shelter thousands of evacuees from New Orleans and lower Louisiana.