Hurricane Katrina: A look back

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:03:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2013 09:23:23 PM CDT

Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and large swaths of the Gulf Coast eight years ago today. Here's a look back at the historic disaster.

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Hurricane Katrina, a Category 2 storm with winds of 135 mph, made landfall at Empire, La., at about 7 a.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2005.

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