Aug 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Slams Into Gulf Coast; Dozens Are Dead

Harrison County, MS
USA
by
Joseph Treaster and Kate Zernike
,
New York Times
Damage to Long Beach, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Wikipedia
Damage to Long Beach, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Wikipedia

Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast with devastating force at daybreak on Monday, sparing New Orleans the catastrophic hit that had been feared but inundating parts of the city and heaping damage on neighboring Mississippi, where it killed dozens, ripped away roofs and left coastal roads impassable...The more sparsely populated parishes east of New Orleans...got hit much harder than anyone had expected...Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes had been "devastated by high winds and floodwaters"...As of early Monday, about 52,000 people were in 240 shelters in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Texas, with the majority in the Superdome.