Hurricane Katrina 10 Years On: Science of the Storm
Ten years on from Hurricane Katrina, Simon King explores the advances in hurricane science, how storms are predicted, and what is being done to limit their impact.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast of America.
There were nearly 2,000 deaths associated with Katrina and 300,000 homes were destroyed. It was the most costly hurricane ever to hit the US with an estimated economic loss of $125-$150 billion.
10 years on, Simon King travels to Miami, the city leading worldwide hurricane research, and explores the advances in hurricane science, how storms are predicted and what is being done to limit their impact.
5 live visits the International Hurricane Research Centre to find out how science is shaping our knowledge of this extreme weather and we meet the men and women of the Hurricane Hunters who fly into storms and hear how forecasters gather data to predict the path of hurricanes.
Plus, Simon talks to those who live their lives in fear of hurricanes and discovers what it's like to experience a killer storm.