Louisiana and D. Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katina

Purpose: To inform the audience about Hurricane Katrina

Thesis: Today I will discuss some fascinating facts about Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, I will discuss the gathering of the storm, the destruction, and the government reponse.

Organizational Pattern: Topical


A.Attention Getter Have you ever been faced with losing everything you cherish including family in a split second? B.Relevance Hurricane Katrina was the most and costly natural disaster in American history. C.Credibility Millions faced having everything taken from them and were left fighting for their lives. D.Thesis Today I will discuss the disaster and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. E.Preview Specifically, I will discuss the disaster in New Orleans.

Transition First lets discuss the gathering of the storm..


A.Katrina showed how powerful she would be as soon it formed. 1.Two days after the hurricane formed it landed in Florida. 2.Within 9 hours it grew from a Category 3 to Category 5. Maximum speed reached was 175mph. 3.As she enter the Gulf she maintain power heading straight for Louisiana-Mississippi coast.

Transition Next the disaster strikes and the destruction begins.

B.Slowly approaching the coast Katrina causes storm surges and instantly starts breaking through leaving a trail of destruction. 1.Two levees in New Orleans break, causing more than 80% of the city to become flooded in over 20 feet of water; between 50,000 and 100,000 stranded. 2.Levee breach in Lower Ninth Ward causes a thirty-foot wall of water to rush into the neighborhood, decimating the entire area 3.Most of the flooding caused by the levee breaching, even reaching to the higher areas of elevation, such as the French Quarter

Transition Now it’s time to deal with the aftermath.

C.Finding shelter and looting was a big problem post-Katrina. 1.After the flood waters retreated, many returned...
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