The states that were directly hit by Hurricane Katrina were Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Many surrounding states were indirectly affected by the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina; however, this was because evacuees from the affected states looked for refuge in these areas. Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia suffered from major flooding due to Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest and most damaging natural disasters to have occurred in the United States. This hurricane, which happened in 2005, left millions without homes and was classified as having one of the highest death toll rates among storms in United States history. Hurricane Katrina was not foreseen as a storm that would cause such catastrophic damage, but after it made landfall in Florida, the storm used the Gulf of Mexico to regain strength. Once it strengthened, it moved from being a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane. When this storm made its final landfall, it was categorized as a category 3 hurricane. Of all the states that were hit, Louisiana and Mississippi were the two states that were affected the most by this storm, with the city of New Orleans being particularly devastated.