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Statement as of 6:00 am CDT on August 29, 2014

...On this date in weather history...

In 2005...catastrophic Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana Mississippi and southwest Alabama. At the time...she was the fourth strongest hurricane to originate in the Atlantic...the strongest ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico...and the third strongest to strike the United States.Katrina possessed maximum sustained winds of 175 mph...and a minimum central pressure of 26.64 inches. Katrina is by far the costliest hurricane ever to strike the United States...causing an estimated $81 billion in damage...a staggering $54.5 billion greater than the previous record Holder...hurricane Andrew...in August 1992. Katrina is the costliest natural disaster in United States history. Katrina is the third deadliest United States hurricane on record with a death toll of 1,836 and the deadliest since 1928.

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