Hurricane Katrina
From August 23, 2005 to August 30, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit eastern North America with wind speeds of 175 mph. Approximately 1,836 fatalaties were confirmed. On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, it is a category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina initially formed over the Bahamas on August 23 as a category 1 hurricane, causing minor damage and few deaths. As it approached the Gulf of Mexico, it rapidly developed to a category 3 storm and hit southeast Louisianna on August 29, causing severe destruction along the coast from central Florida to Texas. The most amount of lives were lost in New Orleans, Louisianna where nearly 80% of the city was flooded. The total damage was $81 billion in 2005.

California Wildfires
Though there were several wildfires that take place in California each year, here are some of the major ones that are still remembered today: The McNally Fire of 2002, the Cedar Fire of 2003, and the Zaca Fire of 2007. The McNally Fire is the largest recorded wildfire in Sequoia National Forest history. The fire raged from July 21 to August 29, 2002, and destroyed approximately 150,670 acres of forest land. The fire was started due to careless use of fire near a resort in Kern Canyon, and cost an estimated $45.7 million to put out. The Cedar Fire is recorded to be the largest fire in California history. The fire raged from October 25 to November 3, 2003. The blaze burned approximately 280,278 acres of land, taking with it 2,232 homes and 15 lives. It was started by a man named Sergio Martinez who claimed that he was hunting and had gotten lost in the area. He started a signal fire to alert rescuers where he was. Unfortunately, the blaze had gotten out of hand. Finally, the Zaca Fire of 2007. The fire started on July 4 to August 31, 2007, burning over 240,000 acres. This was California's second largest recorded fire in history after the Cedar Fire in 2003. The fire was started by the sparks of a grinding machine on private property which was being used to repair a water pipe. Thankfully, there were no fatalities, but the fire had cost a total of $117 million, nearly three times the amount of the McNally Fire.

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