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By John-Thor Dahlburg and Jenny Jarvie and John-Thor Dahlburg and Jenny Jarvie,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 27, 2005
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - One day after Hurricane Katrina delivered a soggy wallop to some of Miami's southwestern suburbs, where streets and neighborhoods were under water yesterday, Florida's emergency planners were bracing for a second landfall by the hurricane as an even more dangerous storm. After crossing the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, where its winds and downpours Thursday evening led to widespread street flooding and at least six deaths, Katrina reached the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it absorbed enough energy to boost its sustained winds to 100 mph. Forecasters said the storm, a Category 2 hurricane, might intensify further as it turned north and headed toward the Gulf Coast.
By Andrea K. Walker | May 8, 2014
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were the cause of at least half of stillbirths reported in the areas hardest hit by the storms, a new study out of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has found. The study by Ian Breunig found that stillbirths were highest in parishes that suffered the most damage during the 2005 storms. The numbers of live births was nearly 40 percent lower in 2007 than in 2004 in these areas. Live births fell 79 percent in areas where more than half of residences were damaged.
By Melissa Harris | September 15, 2006
Editor's note: Marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Workers column offers the second of three firsthand accounts from Maryland-based employees who volunteered to respond to the Gulf Coast. John Trottman, 34, of Westminster has worked as a firefighter at Fort Meade for six years. In March 2001, the Military District of Washington, Fort Meade's command, launched an effort to train firefighters on its military bases in crisis counseling. Trottman was selected for the program and volunteered for the first time in 2004 after hurricanes Francis and Jeanne hit Florida.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 27, 2013
Let us now praise competence. The praise is overdue. Competence is like the dull, but reliable husband a woman spurns for some sexy stranger with a flashy car. Then she finds out her new fellow has the manners of a pig, the depth of a wading pool and absolutely no interest in helping her study for her real estate license. Suddenly, dull and reliable don't seem nearly so bad. We find ourselves learning that lesson on a national level for the second time in eight years. The first was in 2005.
By John Woestendiek | September 4, 2005
It was a city known for revelry, but now it wallows -- thigh-deep, in places -- in a kind of third-world misery rarely seen in America. It was a city of half a million people -- four-fifths of whom got out while doing so was still possible, leaving 100,000 others, including the poorest and most vulnerable, behind to fend for themselves in the floodwaters. It was a city. Hurricane Katrina slammed more ferociously into Mississippi, carving a path of destruction across the Gulf Coast that will devastate its economy for years to come, uprooting oil rigs, shutting down refineries and ripping casinos from their moorings.
By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 26, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A sodden, slow-moving Hurricane Katrina lumbered ashore on Florida's densely populated southeastern coast yesterday, toppling trees that killed two people, knocking out power to more than 1 million households and dumping so much rain that widespread flooding was feared. "This isn't so much a wind storm as a rain storm. It's the flooding we're worried about," said Judy Sarver, director of the Broward County Public Communications Office. Largely because of what he called Katrina's "tremendous rain," Gov. Jeb Bush urged Floridians to prepare carefully for what became the sixth hurricane to strike their state in little over a year.
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2005
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina's torrential rain pushed floodwater to the eaves of homes, forcing residents to their roofs in search of rescue. Its 100-mph winds punched out hundreds of windows, ripped trees from the ground, toppled masonry and ripped slices of roof from the city's Superdome. "It was devastating," said Ron Forman, president of the group that oversees the city's aquarium and zoo. "And even with that, it could have been worse." Rescue workers expected, when dawn broke today, to begin finding bodies among the city's flooded neighborhoods.
By Chris Yakaitis and Chris Yakaitis,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2005
On Sept. 7, Jessica Curry confronted her mother in the kitchen of their house in Crofton. She wanted to talk. She wanted to talk about Hurricane Katrina and figure out what she could do to help. And Sandy Curry suggested that her 17-year-old daughter raise money for relief efforts by sharing with others the passion she has held since childhood. Today at the Equilibrium Horse Center in Gambrills, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jessica Curry will learn just how much fruit her week-and-a-half of organizational and publicity efforts will bear.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2005
With Hurricane Katrina finally ashore, forecasters turned their attention yesterday to the dangers of inland flooding as the storm's remnants threatened states from Mississippi to Ohio with heavy rain. They said Katrina's remnants would drop 4 to 10 inches of rain as they move north and east through western Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and northern New York state, then into Canada. Marylanders face a "slight" increased risk of severe thunderstorms from Katrina, mostly west of the Blue Ridge.
By Tom Petruno and Tom Petruno,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 6, 2005
For the economy and financial markets, Hurricane Katrina may be remembered as a major tipping point. In the short term the storm may have tipped the Federal Reserve against further interest-rate increases, at least temporarily. It also may have convinced many consumers that energy prices aren't likely to come down much soon - which could have implications for how (and whether) they spend money in the near future and possibly beyond. Longer-term, Katrina could tip the scales on the nation's investment priorities, in favor of a greater focus on levees, bridges, roads and other infrastructure that have been allowed to deteriorate.
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Torrey Kurtzner sees the 10 months he signed up to spend at disaster sites across the United States as a springboard into adulthood. The work could take him to the next Moore, Okla., devastated three months ago by a tornado, or the next New Jersey coastline, ravaged last year by Hurricane Sandy. Kurtzner, 20, is one of 162 young people inducted last week into the federal government's newest service opportunity: the FEMA Corps, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and AmeriCorps.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
U.S. government meteorologists predict a “possibly extremely active” hurricane season in 2013, the top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official said Thursday, with as many as half a dozen major hurricanes. NOAA expects 13 to 20 named tropical cyclones, seven to 11 of them reaching hurricane status, with maximum winds 74 mph or higher. Of those hurricanes, three to six could become major hurricanes, with winds of at least 111 mph. The forecast echoes outlooks released earlier this spring calling for another active hurricane season, which starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30. It continues an active trend stretching nearly two decades.
By Todd Eberly | May 17, 2013
It has been a rough week or so for the Obama administration. From Benghazi to the tapping of reporters' phones to the IRS admitting that it targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, the press is in a frenzy, and many are questioning President Barack Obama's future. If the president does not soon regain control of the narrative, he is likely to suffer the same fate as his predecessor - a collapse in public confidence and a vastly diminished second term. To understand President Obama's situation, we need to explore a little presidential theory and some recent presidential history.
By Amy Watts | April 1, 2013
It's "Prom Night" on Dancing with the Stars , and Jacoby Jones tells Karina Smirnoff he went to his prom "on a last-minute thing. " He was 5'7" and 160 pounds, and went stag. Once at prom, he played some pranks and got kicked out. Oooh, scandal! Jacoby's high school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina when he was a college student. He's dedicating tonight's dance to his alma mater, Marion Abramson High School.   During rehearsals, the Ravens player keeps saying "rhumba" to rhyme with "Roomba" the self-propelled vacuum cleaner.
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
A power outage darkened the Superdome in the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, an unnerving experience for a stadium that had been the refuge of last resort for many when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The 34-minute outage seemed to halt the Ravens' momentum, coming almost immediately after Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half. The Ravens had led 28-6, but the previously sluggish San Francisco 49ers went on to score two touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter.
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Bathed in colorful lights and swathed in banners, including one featuring Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the Superdome seems to have been polished to a fine sheen for Sunday's Super Bowl. But underneath the festive atmosphere linger the ghosts of Katrina. "It happens to me all the time, sometimes late at night or when I'm here alone," said Doug Thornton, who manages the Superdome. "I'll walk by one place and I'll remember an image of a person. And it will haunt me. " Super Bowl XLVII will bring happy hordes of fans, celebrities and VIPs to the domed stadium that for one misery-filled week in 2005 was the refuge of last resort for some 30,000 residents seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina.
The greater Baltimore chapter of the Salvation Army says contributions for local programs have dropped sharply, chiefly because of an outpouring of donations to Hurricane Katrina victims. For the fiscal year that will end in September, the chapter expects the 2005-2006 budget to fall short by about $450,000, meaning possible cuts in programs that have been valuable to some of the community's neediest people for decades, said Maj. Jim Arrowood, the Salvation Army's Baltimore-area commanding officer.
September 6, 2012
A recent editorial stated that "The whole nation was metaphorically holding its breath last week as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans, almost seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina destroyed large parts of the city" ("We built that," Sept. 3). The fact of the matter is that the flooding of New Orleans was overwhelmingly the fault of the Army Corps of Engineers - who were solely responsible for designing and building the levee system they knew to be flawed - not the hurricane itself.
September 5, 2012
A few comments on your editorial "We built that" (Sept. 3): Hurricane Katrina was not the cause of the massive devastation, destruction and deaths in New Orleans these seven years ago. Rather, it was the failure of the man-made levees and floodwalls built and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. There is admissions now from the corps that the blame it originally placed on the city and state was unfounded. That truth being said, it is to the corps' credit that the $14.5 billion investment in flood control after Katrina performed as planned.
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