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The remnants of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating hurricanes in recent memory, moved over the Tennessee Valley during the evening of Monday, August 29, and the morning of Tuesday, August 30. Damage from the storm was mainly limited to trees and power lines, with some minor structural damage. The storm's main impact was felt in Louisiana and Mississippi, where it may be quite some time before affected areas can recover.

Peak wind gusts across the Tennessee Valley were "officially" in the 40-50 mph range, though there was an unofficial report of a 70 mph gust from Albertville (Marshall County). Rainfall varied widely across the area, but higher rainfall totals were found closest to the storm track across northwest Alabama. Rainfall reports ranged from 6.85 inches in Russellville (Franklin County Alabama) to zero in DeSoto State Park (DeKalb County).


Infrared satellite imagery shows Hurricane Katrina moving across southern Mississippi at 12:25pm Monday (click to enlarge the image in a new window).
Katrina's track across the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Click to see a larger image along with more information (will open in its own window).
Rainfall analysis over the last 7 days, generated by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center. The dark blues over Franklin County correspond to 6-inch rainfall amounts. Click the image to see a larger version across the entire lower Mississippi River Valley (will open in its own window).
The New Orleans, LA radar shows the eye of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Plaquemines Parish early Monday morning. Click the image to see an animation of Katrina making landfall (4. 8 Mb Flash animation).

Additional Tennessee Valley Data


Additional Katrina Information from NOAA