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How big was Hurricane Katrina?

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Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 storm that became a Category 3 when reaching the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts. It was considered a large hurricane that affected coastlines stretching from the Florida panhandle to western Louisiana.

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Hurricane Katrina had winds of 127 mph when reaching landfall. Katrina caused $108 billion in damage, making it the costliest hurricane in recorded history. A total of 1,833 people lost their lives because of the storm.

Katrina rapidly heightened to a Category 5 in nine hours as the storm traveled over warm waters. The storm had a maximum wind level of 175 mph, and the pressure made the storm the fourth most intense hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. The storm was also labeled the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

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