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August 23, 2005 - August 31, 2005
Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi, New Orleans, Eastern United States and Eastern Canada
The tropical depression that became Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, approximately 350 miles (560 km) east of Miami. Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. Katrina had become one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.
While the storm itself did a great deal of damage, its aftermath was catastrophic. The economic effects of the storm reached high levels. The Bush Administration sought $105 billion for repairs and reconstruction in the region. The emergency response from federal, state, and local governments was widely criticized. Katrina caused more than $125 billion in damage.