Hurricane Katrina: after the flood | US news Through the broken windows, the pulse of helicopter rotors and boat propellers set the summer morning air throbbing with the promise of rescue. Floodwaters unleashed by hurricane Katrina had marooned hundreds of people at Memorial hospital, where they had now spent four days. Doctors and nurses milled in the foul-smelling second-floor lobby. Since the storm, they had barely slept, surviving on catnaps and bottled water. Before them lay a dozen or so mostly elderly patients on soiled, sweat-soaked stretchers. The languishing patients were receiving little medical care, and their skin felt hot to the touch. For certain New Orleanians, Memorial Medical Centre had always been the place to ride out hurricanes. As Katrina approached, there were 183 patients at Memorial and 55 at LifeCare. The hospital was stifling, its walls sweating. Early on the Thursday afternoon, a doctor, John Thiele, stood regarding them. Thiele specialised in critical care and diseases of the lungs. "Can we do this?"
Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Damage & Aftermath Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States. An estimated 1,836 people died in the hurricane and the flooding that followed in late August 2005, and millions of others were left homeless along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, which experienced the highest death toll. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said Katrina was the most destructive storm to strike the United States. It ranks sixth overall in strength of recorded Atlantic hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina moved ashore over southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi early on August 29, 2005, as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm.Credit: GOES Project Science Office How Katrina formed Katrina initially formed over the Bahamas on Aug. 23, 2005, as a tropical depression. By the time it made its way to southern Florida on Aug. 25, Katrina was a moderate Category 1 hurricane. Political storm Credit: AP/Dave MartinCredit: AP/Dave Martin — Kim Ann Zimmermann
50 years since Hurricane Carla - From the Vault While this country remembered the September 11th attacks ten years ago Sunday, that day also marked the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Carla. We put out an Extra edition after the storm made landfall near Port Lavaca: According to Texas Hurricane History, “Carla was among the largest hurricanes of historical record.” Hurricane force winds were seen along almost the entire Texas coast. By Sept. 9, Carla filled the entire Gulf of Mexico. National Weather Service data showed that hurricane force winds extended 150 miles from the eye, with tropical storm winds extending 250 miles. It led to the “largest peace time evacuation of an area in history, up until that time”: 500,000 people moved inland to safety. The storm — a Category 4 — left a path of destruction from Victoria to Dallas, and damage extended into Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service, Carla “was the most intense hurricane to strike Texas in the 20th century. Newspapers weren’t the only media to cover Carla.
City Birds Outsmart Country Birds City dwellers can attest that the animals they share the city with—the pigeons, rats, roaches—can all be pretty brazen when they're prowling for a bite. This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science, I’m Christopher Intagliata. Got a minute? While visiting Barbados, McGill University neurobiologist Jean-Nicolas Audet noticed that local bullfinches were accomplished thieves as well. [Jean-Nicolas Audet:] “They were always trying to steal our food. And that gave him an idea. [Audet:] Since this bird species [is] able to solve amazing problems in cities, and they're also present in rural areas, we were wondering... ...Are the rural birds also good problem solvers, and they just don't take advantage of their abilities? So Audet and his McGill colleagues captured Barbados bullfinches, both in the island's towns and out in the countryside. And it turns out the city birds really could solve puzzles faster. Thanks for the minute. —Christopher Intagliata Credits
Powerful Photos of New Orleans, 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina Regular readers are likely familiar with the work of photographer Seph Lawless, whose hauntingly gorgeous images of abandoned malls and amusement parks have been regularly featured on the site. In keeping with his interest in forgotten places, Lawless recently paid a visit to New Orleans to document the city, and its people, a full decade after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The result is a collection of photos that serves as a powerful and poignant testament to a resilient city that, 10 years later, is still recovering from the devastation of the costliest storm in America's history. More of Lawless’ work can be viewed on his Website, or by following him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr. "Meet Darrick Toney, holding up all 10 fingers representing 10 years of surviving Hurricane Katrina," Lawless says. The MGM Grand Casino. Images from a hotel/restaurant 10 years after the flood waters from Katrina. Images of abandoned schools. A forgotten factory. Construction of a new home.
Hurricane Katrina.com: Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina! Hurricane Carla. arla was her name. She was ferocious, deadly and destructive; a Category 5 hurricane at one time, with 175 MPH winds. She slowly came ashore September 11, 1961, at Port O'Conner along the middle Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm, with a 22-foot storm surge. In some places that surge reached 10 miles inland and wind damage was reported as far north as Dallas. Carla was one of the strongest storms ever to strike the USA and remains the most powerful ever to hit the Texas coast. At one time the storm engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico. Towns like Freeport, Clute, Lake Jackson and Angleton in Brazoria County were caught by the most dangerous, heavy hitting, upper right quadrant of the storm. I was there, but I wish I hadn't been! In the early 1960's, my regular job assignment as a Texas highway patrolman was at Crosby in east Harris County. As we arrived in the Angleton area very early in the morning of the 9th, the mad rush was just beginning. © N. Traveling Texas?
Top dog: Scientists teach border collie to understand sentences and 1,000 words Chaser the dog now able to understand nouns and verbs, researchers sayIn first three years she learned and remembered 1,022 proper nounsThe objects included 800 cloth animals, 116 balls, and 100 plastic toysResearch carried out by Wofford College, in North Carolina By Luke Salkeld for the Daily Mail Published: 16:23 GMT, 22 December 2013 | Updated: 09:53 GMT, 23 December 2013 Researchers believe they have taught a border collie to respond to words in the same way that a human child does Border collies are known for their high level of intelligence. But Chaser has proved herself as the undoubted top dog after learning to understand 1,000 words - plus a smattering of English grammar. Researchers believe the nine-year-old has learned to respond to words in the same way that a human child does. They say Chaser was able to demonstrate understanding of nouns and verbs. In the first three years, she learned and remembered 1,022 proper nouns. She could also respond to novel objects.
How New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina on 10th anniversary Nearly 2,000 people were killed when Hurricane Katrina hit the city, destroying homes and the city's infrastructureNow the streets and main sites have been repaired after the damage, restoring the city to its former gloryThe storm was America's most expensive natural disaster, with the bill to repair the city costing $150billion By Tom Wyke for MailOnline Published: 11:45 GMT, 28 August 2015 | Updated: 23:36 GMT, 28 August 2015 Ten years ago, hundreds of people queued up outside the Ernest N. Hurricane Katrina had wiped out homes and flooded the streets, leaving nearly 2,000 people dead and many residents with only the possessions they could carry to safety. Scroll down for video Then and now: Pictured top huge queues of desperate people wait outside the Ernest N Morial Convention Center for a lift out of the ruined city of New Orleans in 2005 and below how it looks today Flooded: The city was decimated by Hurricane Katrina ten years but now its remarkable recovery is clear Loaded: 0%