# A Dark Black Day for the US Gulf Coast Quiz

### This quiz is about Hurricane Katrina, one of strongest, costliest and most damaging storms to strike the United States. What to you really know about this storm? Take this quiz and find out some interesting facts and information.

A multiple-choice quiz by gshorey. Estimated time: 5 mins.

Author
gshorey
Time
5 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
370,917
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. On what day did hurricane Katrina make final landfall? Hint

August 25, 2005
August 29, 2005
September 3, 2006
August 10, 2004

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2. How many landfalls did hurricane Katrina make in total? Hint

3
1
2
5

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3. How large was the eye of the hurricane Katrina and how far out did hurricane strength winds reach out at final landfall? Hint

5 miles and 70-80 miles
30 miles and 120-150 miles
7miles and 80 -100 miles
15 miles and 100-130 miles

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4. About how far inland did hurricane Katrina go before losing hurricane strength? Hint

70 miles
170 miles
110 miles
220 Miles

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5. Near what town did hurricane Katrina lose tropical storm strength? Hint

Clarksville, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennesse
Huntsville, Alabama
Atlanta, Georgia

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6. How many flood records did hurricane Katrina break from New Orleans, Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama? Hint

most
none
no one knows for sure
all

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7. What is estimated cost of damage done by hurricane Katrina in US dollars? Hint

\$65 billion
\$21 billion
\$26.5 billion
\$108 billion

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8. How many people lost their lives because of Hurricane Katrina? Hint

1,836
2,712
8,532
1,205

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9. There were many people saved from New Orleans by the Coast Guard. How many people does the Coast Guard record as being saved? Hint

fewer than 10,000
over 33,500

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10. There was a movie being produced in New Orleans about the Coast Guard when hurricane Katrina flooded the city. What is the title of the movie? Hint

The Perfect Strom
The Guardian
Pain & Gain
Coast Guard Rescue

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11. Which of these was the *immediate* cause of New Orleans flooding from Hurricane Katrina? Hint

Wave action
Very heavy rainfall
Levee breaches
Storm surge

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12. Roughly how many miles of Mississippi coast were leveled from the flood and wave action of Hurricane Katrina? Hint

60
50
100
80

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13. The battleship Alabama in Mobile Bay was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. What happened to her? Hint

took on water
developed an eight degree list
waves washed in and flooded parts
a wave punched a hole in the side

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14. Will there ever be a storm named Katrina again?

Yes
No

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15. Has all the damage form hurricane Katrina been repaired now going onto ten years after the storm?

Yes
No

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. On what day did hurricane Katrina make final landfall?

The storm made its final landfall near the Mississippi, Louisiana border about 10 AM local time on 29 August 2005. The people on the Gulf Coast are glad it came ashore during daylight. The loss of life would have been much higher if the storm had struck during the night; there were many people washed out of their houses clinging to the pieces left.
2. How many landfalls did hurricane Katrina make in total?

The first landfall was near Hallandale Beach and Aventura Florida on the morning of 25 August 2005 as a Category 1 storm. She lost hurricane status crossing Florida, but regained it within a hour after reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Then after four days she came ashore for the second time as a weak Category 4 or strong Category 3 at about 7 am 29 August 2005, near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana.

This is a river town near the Mississippi River mouth. It went offshore again after crossing the river delta, returned to the Gulf of Mexico and made the third and final landfall about four hours later near the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a strong Category 3 hurricane.
3. How large was the eye of the hurricane Katrina and how far out did hurricane strength winds reach out at final landfall?

Answer: 30 miles and 120-150 miles

The storm extended over roughly 300 miles of coast line with hurricane force winds, the winds reached out about 120 miles on the west side, had a 30 mile wide eye and on the east side the winds extended roughly 150 miles out. That is approximately the distance form Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Boston Massachusetts.
4. About how far inland did hurricane Katrina go before losing hurricane strength?

She lost hurricane strength (winds less than 74 mph) near Meridian, Mississippi, early in the morning of 30 August 2005.
5. Near what town did hurricane Katrina lose tropical storm strength?

This city (NW of Nashville TN) is approximately 500 miles inland. Tropical storm winds start at 39 mph.
6. How many flood records did hurricane Katrina break from New Orleans, Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama?

The storm broke every flood record in the documented history of the Gulf Coast. The storm surge in New Orleans (on the left front quadrant, the weaker side of the storm) was roughly 14 feet. The highest storm surge was over 27 feet in Bay St. Louis and Waveland Mississippi. Mobile Alabama in the bay had 12 to 16 feet of tidal surge dropping to about 6 feet in Pensacola Florida.

This is not including waves up to 30 feet high on top of this.
7. What is estimated cost of damage done by hurricane Katrina in US dollars?

Hurricane Katrina at \$108 billion is the costliest storm on record so far, having outdone the previous most expansive storm Andrew of 1992 at \$26.5 billion fourfold. Also in 2005, Wilma caused damage costing \$21 billion. In second place is Sandy of 2008 with \$65 billion worth of damage.
8. How many people lost their lives because of Hurricane Katrina?

The death toll was 1,577 in Louisiana, 238 in Mississippi, 14 in Florida, two in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio each, and one in Kentucky, making a total of 1,836. This does not include the 135 still listed as missing ten years later. This made Katrina the third deadliest storm on record.

The deadliest was the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 with an estimated 8,000-12,000 dead. Second was the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane with 2,500-3,000.
9. There were many people saved from New Orleans by the Coast Guard. How many people does the Coast Guard record as being saved?

United States Government Accountability Office report GAO-06-903 estimated 60,000 people trapped in the flooded city of New Orleans; the US Coast Guard saved over 35,500. For this amazing effort the Coast Guard was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Medal.
10. There was a movie being produced in New Orleans about the Coast Guard when hurricane Katrina flooded the city. What is the title of the movie?

The movie "The Guardian" relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to finish production. The movie is about the training and operations of Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. The movie has some direct references to Hurricane Katrina, and during the credits at the end of the movie a lot of damage done by the storm is shown. Most people leave a movie when credits are shown, but with this movie people actually watched it to see footage from the storm.
11. Which of these was the *immediate* cause of New Orleans flooding from Hurricane Katrina?

Most (about 80 percent) of New Orleans is below sea level, so when over 100 levees were breached the city flooded. Most of this happened after the eye of the hurricane had passed east of the city and the tidal surge was declining. The Corps of Engineers' report mainly blamed poor design of the levees for the failures.

The highest point in New Orleans is the French Quarter built on the Mississippi River banks and is only about 3 feet above sea level.
12. Roughly how many miles of Mississippi coast were leveled from the flood and wave action of Hurricane Katrina?

The entire Mississippi coast line was leveled by storm surge and wave action which from end to end is about 80 miles long. At the western end in Bay St. Louis and Waveland Mississippi most building four blocks in were leveled to their foundations. In Biloxi Mississippi, casino barges were washed across US Highway 90, high rise buildings were washed through with the bottom two of three levels left stripped out.

In Pascagoula Mississippi the beach front homes within a block were demolished to pieces and parts. Older building like Beauvoir (the last home of Jefferson Davis, finished in 1852) stood up better than new constructions. Both Highway 90 bridges crossing the Back Bay of Biloxi and the Bay of St. Louis along with railroad bridges were gone.
13. The battleship Alabama in Mobile Bay was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. What happened to her?

Answer: developed an eight degree list

The battleship is moored in sand and does not float, but the hurricane washed away the sand, causing the ship to list 8 degrees to starboard. The sand has been replaced and fortified, so hopefully this will not happen again. The battleship has been returned to its previous position.
14. Will there ever be a storm named Katrina again?

2005 set a lot of records for an Atlantic hurricane season. There have been 28 named storms in total. There were so many that they ran out of names of 22 assigned each year on a rotating basis for the Atlantic Hurricane Season and had to use the Greek alphabet for the rest. Five storm names have been retired: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma.

There will be no storms named by previously used names.
15. Has all the damage form hurricane Katrina been repaired now going onto ten years after the storm?

There are parts of New Orleans that people have not moved back into, the population of city is down roughly 20 percent, also large parts have still not been rebuilt. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast there were large areas of beachfront real estate still available in 2014, because the new building codes require building above the new flood levels.
Source: Author gshorey

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