Katrina: one decade later

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Ten years ago, one of the strongest storms to ever strike the United States made landfall along the Louisiana-Mississippi border.

Hurricane Katrina remains the costliest natural disaster to ever impact the United States and the deadliest since 1928.

The cold statistics are by now well known: 1,836 deaths, an estimated 300,000 homes destroyed or made uninhabitable, and about $108 billion in damages. But these are just numbers on a spreadsheet.

To those working for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Katrina is a personal story. Katrina unleased its full fury on Stennis Space Center when the eye of the hurricane passed over on Aug. 29, 2005.

Click here for the story about experiences of the NCEI personnel there — a story of tragedy and endurance seen through the eyes of those who lived through this historic event.