PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - According to former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Hurricane Katrina "looked as if a nuclear weapon had gone off in the Sound off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The hand of God had wiped away the coast for blocks and some places, for miles."
Barbour flew over the devastation Thursday morning following the hurricane's landfall. In all, 238 Mississippians died during the storm. Barbour says he anticipated it would be even more based on what he saw.
"The real story of Katrina is the strength and character of the people of Mississippi," said Barbour.
The former governor wrote about his memories of the devastation, and the lessons learned during the recovery in a book titled "America's Great Storm."
Barbour will be at Pass Christian Books on Thursday signing copies from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.