This article was published 14 years ago

Katrina plus five

Hurricane Katrina Chalmette New Orleans Louisiana
A backyard is littered with cars and moss in Chalmette, La. as floodwater recede after Hurricane Katrina made landfall two months ago. – Image credit: Gregory Schultz / OpenBayou

At this exact moment five years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Buras, Louisiana as a category 3 storm with winds near 125 MPH. 24 hours earlier, Katrina became the forth strongest storm every recorded with sustain winds at 175 MPH and a minimum pressure at 902 millibars. Katrina became the most expensive storm ever ($80 billion) with damage reports in four states and was the deadliest storm to hit Louisiana (1,855 deaths).

All this week, ControlAltTV looks back at the storm that change the gulf coast. We look at how cellphones became a lifeline for several people and how the Internet kept people informed for those that left New Orleans. We also explore what lies ahead for New Orleans as the city tries to become a technology hub for Louisiana and the gulf coast.