Hurricane Katrina and Ocean Engineering Lessons Learned
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS COASTAL AND HYDRAULICS LAB
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The hurricane season in USA runs between June 1 and November 30, and peak hurricane activity generally is between mid-August and mid-October. In an average year, there have been about 10 tropical storms developed in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, or Atlantic Ocean since 1950, and only six storms became hurricanes. Approximately five hurricanes hit the United States mainland in a typical 3-year span, with two designated as major hurricanes Categories 3 5. The southeastern United States is the region most vulnerable, and the States most likely to be hit by a major hurricane are the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.