In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded, tore through the USA. It was a Category 5 hurricane that took 1,800 people’s lives. Its destruction caused $125 billion in damage and affected numerous states in the country. It was especially impactful in the New Orleans and surrounding area, which took years to recover from. It was horrific and heartbreaking to see the impact that this single event had on the population.
This hurricane shed light on the impact of global warming, and what that might mean for the future of the planet. Scientists knew that temperatures had risen, but after Hurricane Katrina, they were able to see the impact of global warming and rising temperatures in real-time (Climate Central).