This is the story of Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including
pictures of the Gulfport Veterans Administration Hospital buildings following Katrina.

 The Story of Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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 The Gulfport Mississippi Veterans Hospital After Hurricane Katrina

 The picture above, a classic "Picture Postcard", shows what the Entrance and Main Building of the Gulfport Veterans Administration Hospital looked like before Hurricane Katrina. The Gulfport Center property is approximately a 40 acre location. The entrance shown above is located about 200 yards North of the white sand beach and the Gulf of Mexico waters.

 The picture above shows what the "Storm Surge" of Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulfport Veterans Administration Hospital's Main Building. A note about water: It must be understood that water weights about 60 pounds per cubic foot and has unusually low compressibility. Imagine a nearly solid wall of water 30 feet deep, and 1,000 feet wide traveling at 20 miles per hour. At 60 pounds per cubic foot, that would be tons of fast moving water. Moving water can easily go around the sharp corners of a building, but it "slams" straight into the flat walls of any structure. Fast moving water can also go around the circular trunk of a tree. Although small trees may not be able to withstand the force of fast moving water, larger and stronger trees can. That's why almost all of the larger trees on the Mississippi Gulf Coast remained standing after Hurricane Camille in August of 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005.It must be understood that water weights about 60 pounds per cubic foot and has unusually low compressibility. Imagine a nearly solid wall of water 30 feet deep, and 1,000 feet wide traveling at 20 miles per hour. At 60 pound per cubic foot, that would be tons of fast moving water. Moving water can easily go around the sharp corners of a building such as the corners above, but it "slams" straight into the flat walls of any structure such as those above. Fast moving water can also go around the circular trunk of a tree. Although small trees may not be able to withstand the force of fast moving water, larger and stronger trees can. That's why almost all of the large trees on the Mississippi Gulf Coast remained standing after Hurricane Camille in August of 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005.

 The picture above shows what the "Storm Surge" of Hurricane Katrina did to the Veterans Administration Hospital's Chapel. The next picture, taken from outside the fence, will be the last of our pictures showing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

 The picture above shows what little damage appears to have occurred to the flat walls of one of the other buildings after the "Storm Surge" of Hurricane Katrina. It may be that the large number of windows, broken inward by the Storm Surge, reduced the pressure of the moving water on the flat walls of the building.

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