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Map: Hurricane Katrina's path 10 years ago

Path of Hurricane Katrina. (Source: NOAA) Path of Hurricane Katrina. (Source: NOAA)

(RNN) - Hurricane Katrina made landfall Aug. 29, 2005, in Louisiana and Mississippi after having hit Florida as a moderate Category 1 storm four days earlier, causing two fatalities. It weakened to a tropical storm after it hit Florida.

But Katrina experienced explosive growth and strengthened to a Category 5 storm before making landfall in Louisiana as a strong Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph and minimum central pressure the third-lowest ever recorded at landfall (920 mb). It was so large that the area sustained hurricane-force winds for hours before the storm's eye reached land.

Katrina maintained Category 1 strength for six hours after coming ashore, moving north through Mississippi. It was downgraded to a tropical storm through Tennessee and into Kentucky. It also created heavy rainfall and flooding in Kentucky, Ohio and north into Quebec, Canada.

It was the most costly storm ever to hit the United States at the time and is the second most deadly (more than 1,800 dead) after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, with a death toll of about 8,000.

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