Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, third major hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the third most powerful storm of the season, behind Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Rita, and the sixth-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just north of Miami, Florida on August 25, 2005, then again on August 29 along the Central Gulf Coast near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm.
Location of landfall: Hurricane Katrina smashed into three US states on the Gulf of Mexico on August 29, leaving in its wake the worst natural catastrophe in US history. It was massive enough to break down the levees of New Orleans flooding the entire city from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. It inflicted heavy damage on the Mississippi and Alabama coasts. In Louisiana, the hurricane's eye made landfall at 6:10am local time on Monday, August 29. After 11:00 am local time, several sections of the levee system in New Orleans collapsed.
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