This figure is accurate when taking into account the actual hurricane and the floods that followed. The most fatalities occurred in Louisiana, where 1,577 people lost their lives. 238 died in Mississippi, whilst 14 perished in Florida. Two people died in Alabama, and the same number in Georgia and Ohio. Kentucky had one casualty. There are still 135 people missing as a result of the hurricane.
The hurricane was the costliest natural disaster and in the top five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It is also the sixth strongest hurricane recorded in history. The total number of people to die as a result of Katrina makes the hurricane the deadliest in the United States since the 1928 hurricane, Okeechobee. The total property damage is an estimated $81 billion. This is nearly triple the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Katrina formed over the Bahamas before crossing over southern Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. It strengthened after this in the Gulf of Mexico. It then weakened and then strengthened again to become a Category 3 hurricane in southeast Louisiana. There were large amounts of destruction from central Florida to Texas due to the surge of the storm. The most deaths caused by Katrina occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana after the hurricane protection systems failed.
The failure of the hurricane protection promoted lawsuits against the US Army Corps of Engineers, as well a lawsuit against the designers and the builders of the levee system. There were also investigations into the response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the New Orleans Police Department. The United States Coast Guard, the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service were commended for their accurate forecasts and their actions. Certain areas are to be elevated during reconstruction.