Aug. 25: Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida.

Aug. 26: Katrina weakens over land before moving over Gulf of Mexico. It grows to Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, veering north and west toward Mississippi and Louisiana.

Aug. 27: Katrina becomes Category 3 storm; hurricane warning issued for Louisiana's southeastern coast, including New Orleans.

Aug. 28: Katrina grows into a Category 5 storm. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation.

Aug. 29: Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane, makes landfall near Buras, La. Katrina rips two holes in Superdome roof. One New Orleans levee breaks.

Aug. 30: Second levee breaks in New Orleans, flooding covers 80 percent of city. Crowds swell at Superdome and convention center. Rescuers in helicopters and boats pick up hundreds of stranded people. Reports of looting.

Aug. 31: The first groups of evacuees at the Superdome are taken by bus to the Houston Astrodome.

Sept. 1: Looting, violence spread. Crowds at the Superdome swell to 30,000 with an additional 25,000 at the convention center. The Houston Astrodome refuses to take any more refugees after accepting 11,000.

Sept. 2: Thousands of National Guardsmen arrive in New Orleans in truck convoys carrying food, water and weapons.

Sept. 3: Bush orders more than 7,000 active-duty military forces to the Gulf Coast.

Sept. 4: Evacuees in Texas number more than 230,000.

Sept. 5: After a tour of the Houston Astrodome, former first lady Barbara Bush says, "So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

Sept. 7: The Congressional Budget Office predicts Katrina's aftermath will mean the loss of 400,000 jobs in coming months, a reduction in growth of as much as a full percentage point and will raise September gas prices 40 percent higher than before the storm.

Sept. 8: U.S. turns to its allies in NATO to help bring in food and supplies after many nations offering aid complain that they have received no answer from U.S. authorities about what's needed.

Sept. 9: Amid widespread criticism, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recalls Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown to Washington.

Sept. 10: The Army Corps of Engineers says most of New Orleans could be drained within a month, though other more ravaged areas may take longer.

Sept. 11: Bush flies to New Orleans for a return visit to the devastated region.

Sept. 12: Brown in Washington announces his resignation from FEMA. Officials report 515 deaths from Hurricane Katrina so far.

Sept. 13: Bush addresses the federal response to the storm: "To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility."

Sept. 14: Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco takes responsibility for the state's approach to the disaster.

Sept. 15: The death toll climbs 794 in five states, led by 558 in Louisiana.

Sept. 16: White House acknowledges estimated disaster costs of $200 billion or more will worsen a deficit that was projected at $333 billion before Katrina hit.

Sept. 17: Business owners returned to parts of New Orleans to find stores looted, windows broken and restaurant food spoiled.

Sept. 19: After starting to allow residents back into the city, the Mayor of New Orleans orders another evacuation due to Hurricane Rita.

Oct. 1: The official regional death toll reaches 1,135.

Oct. 4: About 1 million have applied for hurricane-related federal aid; 30,000 are in out-of-state shelters; 46,400 are in in-state shelters.

Oct. 5: Nagin announced that New Orleans will lay off 3,000 employees, about half its workforce.

Source: The Associated Press,

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