Media Analysis: The Impacts Of Hurricane Katrina

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August 29, 2005 was a tragic day for the residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. It was a day that would change their lives. On August 25, Hurricane Katrina hit land in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 40 mph. On August 28, in the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina became a Category 5 with winds of 175 mph. At 6:10 on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana. When it finally reached Louisiana on August 29, it had weakened to a Category 3 with sustained winds of 120 mph. Hurricanes receive all of their strength from warm ocean waters. When storms travel over land they weaken in power. Hurricane Katrina spent a short amount of time on land so the storm became very powerful.
Dale Mennemeyer
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“Reporters sent into the devastated region have been reduced to tears by the masses of people crying out for help with no response” (History.com). Media reports were released in the hurricane’s aftermath, were enormously off in all of the information. “Many of the supplies including food, water, and medical treatment did not make it to the people; most of the food ended up in other states. People were angry because they expected more from the first responders, but they were doing everything they could with all of their resources,” said …show more content…
“Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people. 40% of the deaths in Louisiana were caused by drowning. 25% were caused by injury and trauma and 11% were caused by heart conditions” (Zimmermann). Half of the fatalities from the hurricane were people over 74 years old. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, researchers still do not know how many people died in the storm. 705 people are still reported missing as a result of Hurricane

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