Surviving the Storm | Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Ago

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From Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi on the Gulf the historic postwar home of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America is where we catch up with WFLA News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve.

It was 10 years ago that Hurricane Katrina wiped out much of the homestead and many other places along the Mississippi coast. It wasn’t the winds that did all the damage. It was Katrina’s enormous storm surge.

Katrina was the category 5 killer that smashed ashore along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the morning of August 29, 2005. It formed over the Bahamas five days earlier, crossed over South Florida as a category 1 storm.

But Katrina fed off the warm gulf water and strengthened into a huge category 5 storm with 175 miles per hour winds – becoming the strongest ever records in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weakened to a category 3 strength storm when it made landfall, the storm surge did not. The 27-plus foot storm surge went as far as six miles inland destroying nearly everything within a half mile of the coast. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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