Hurricane Katrina was an destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on Florida and Louisiana the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, in August 2005, causing catastrophic damage from central Florida to eastern Texas. Subsequent flooding, caused as a result of fatal engineering flaws in the flood protection system known as levees around the city of New Orleans, precipitated most of the loss of lives; the storm was the third major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall in the United States, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969, Hurricane Michael in 2018. The storm originated over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, from the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten. Early on the following day, the tropical depression intensified into a tropical storm as it headed westward toward Florida, strengthening into a hurricane only two hours before making landfall at Hallandale Beach and Aventura on August 25.
After briefly weakening again to a tropical storm, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to intensify. The storm strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico but weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on August 29, over southeast Louisiana and Mississippi; as Katrina made landfall, its front right quadrant, which held the strongest winds, slammed into Gulfport, devastating it. Overall, at least 1,836 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making Katrina the deadliest United States hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Severe property damage occurred in numerous coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns where boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; the total property damage was estimated at $125 billion four times the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, tying Katrina with Hurricane Harvey of 2017 as the costliest Atlantic tropical cyclone on record.
Over fifty breaches in surge protection levees surrounding the city of New Orleans, Louisiana was the cause of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina. 80% of the city, as well as large tracts of neighboring parishes, became flooded, the floodwaters lingered for weeks. Most of the transportation and communication networks servicing New Orleans were damaged or disabled by the flooding, tens of thousands of people who had not evacuated the city prior to landfall became stranded with little access to food, shelter or basic necessities; the scale of the disaster in New Orleans provoked massive national and international response efforts. Multiple investigations in the aftermath of the storm concluded that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, which had designed and built the region's levees decades earlier, was responsible for the failure of the flood-control systems, though federal courts ruled that the Corps could not be held financially liable because of sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928.
There were widespread criticisms and investigations of the emergency responses from federal and local governments, which resulted in the resignations of Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown and New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Eddie Compass. Many other government officials were criticized for their responses New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, President George W. Bush. Several agencies including the United States Coast Guard, National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service were commended for their actions; the NHC was found to have provided accurate hurricane forecasts with sufficient lead time. Hurricane Katrina formed as Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005, as the result of an interaction between a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten; the storm strengthened into Tropical Storm Katrina on the morning of August 24. The tropical storm moved towards Florida and became a hurricane only two hours before making landfall between Hallandale Beach and Aventura on the morning of August 25.
The storm weakened over land, but it regained hurricane status about one hour after entering the Gulf of Mexico, it continued strengthening over open waters. On August 27, the storm reached Category 3 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, becoming the third major hurricane of the season. An eyewall replacement cycle disrupted the intensification but caused the storm to nearly double in size; the storm intensified after entering the Gulf, growing from a Category 3 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane in just nine hours. This rapid growth was due to the storm's movement over the "unusually warm" waters of the Loop Current. Katrina attained Category 5 status on the morning of August 28 and reached its peak strength at 1800 UTC that day, with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph and a minimum central pressure of 902 mbar; the pressure measurement made Katrina the fifth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record at the time, only to be surpassed by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in the season.
However, this record was broken by Hurricane Rita. The hurricane subsequently weakened due to another eyewall replacement cycle, Katrina made its second landfall at 1110 UTC on August 29, as a Category 3 hu
Rick Ardon, is a news presenter on Seven News in Perth, Western Australia. On 16 February 2015, Ardon and his longtime co-presenter Susannah Carr celebrated three decades consecutively as co-anchors for 7 News Perth; the on-air duo surpassed former WNBC co-anchors Sue Simmons & Chuck Scarborough's 32-year partnership in 2017. Ardon commenced primary school at the Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate, in 1965 and transferred in 1969 to Christian Brothers High School, where he completed his primary and secondary schooling, leaving in 1976. Ardon began his media career at the State's daily paper, The West Australian, where he was Cadet Journalist of the Year in 1977. In 1978 he made the move to electronic broadcasting, joining television station TVW-7 as a news journalist. By the end of the year he was acting as relief newsreader and was promoted from the minor weekend bulletins to a regular weeknight news presenter role with Susannah Carr in 1985. Under their guard, the Seven Nightly News rose to the top of the ratings in Perth, where it remains as of today.
His time as a journalist at the Seven Network has seen him cover a number of significant stories, from the Gulf War of 1990–91 to the Bali Bombings of 2005 and the subsequent Amrozi bin Nurhasyim trial. Other overseas assignments include the Cannes Film Festival. During the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Ardon presented the news to Western Australians from the Olympic Stadium, his on-screen work has been rewarded with 10 Logie Awards as Western Australia's Most Popular TV Personality. In addition to his news-presenting role he has written/produced three documentaries for the station. Lives in the Balance – The story of 114 whales stranded off the WA Coast. Riviera Rich and Raunchy – A look into the life of those on the French Riviera. A documentary which he himself filmed on the Pacific. Led a question-and-answer session with the Dalai Lama at the Perth Arena in June 2015. Ardon lives by the beach in Perth, surfing. In 2002, Rick Ardon's wife, Erin Ardon, received approval from the City of Stirling to operate a Bed and Breakfast.
The bed and breakfast subsequently closed in 2014. TVW-7 Seven News 7 Perth Profile
Angela Tsun is an Australian television and radio presenter. Tsun is weekend news presenter on Seven News in Perth, she currently co-hosts The Dead Set Legends on Mix 94.5. Tsun lived and worked in Sydney before taking up residence in Perth, she holds a Bachelor of Science Communications from the University of New South Wales. During Tsun's first semester of studying Science Communications at the University of New South Wales, after an excursion to Foxtel's The Weather Channel, she was offered the job of a weather presenter by the television station. Tsun began her reporting career as a weather presenter in 2002 on Foxtel's The Weather Channel in Sydney where she hosted the documentary series Wild World of Weather and presented the Beach and Surf reports. In 2008, Tsun moved to Perth to join the Nine Network and WIN Television news team at Nine News Perth, she presented weather on 6 pm news bulletins. She regularly filed travels stories for Getaway and reported on Today. In January 2013, Tsun joined the Seven Network as a weather presenter on the Seven News Perth to anchor the local Seven 4.30 News and present the weather on the 6pm news from Monday to Thursday.
In February 2015, Tsun was appointed weekend presenter of Seven News Perth. She co-hosts The Dead Set Legends with Adrian Barich on Mix 94.5. Tsun is a member of the Australian Science Communicators Association. Website Twitter Facebook
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Jessica Adamson is an Australian journalist. Adamson is weekend presenter on Seven News Adelaide. Adamson has been a crime reporter for more than a decade but acts as foreign correspondent at times, covering the Asian tsunami and the Olympic games in Sydney and Beijing. Jessica has been a regular fill in presenter on Seven News Adelaide. In December 2014, Adamson was announced as weekend presenter on Seven News Adelaide replacing veteran Graeme Goodings, she began her new role on 24 January 2015. Adamson is married to David and they have three children. Moran, Rob. "Seven News presenter Jessica Adamson drops f-bomb live on air". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-16
Basil Zempilas is an Australian television and radio presenter and sports commentator based in Perth, Western Australia. Zempilas presents sport on Seven News Perth, Monday to Friday and since January 2014 co-hosts Perth radio station 6PR's breakfast program with Steve Mills, he is a member of the Seven Network's AFL football commentary team. Zempilas has commentated on the Olympics and several other major sporting events and was with radio station 92.9 in Perth. In March 2018, Zempilas was appointed as the co-host of Weekend Sunrise alongside Monique Wright. Zempilas attended Floreat Park Primary Hale School in Perth, he graduated from Perth's Murdoch University in 1992 with a degree in Media Studies and Mass Communications, took up a cadetship as a sports reporter with Seven News in Perth. Zempilas retired from the West Perth Football Club after five seasons, played 24 games as a ruckman between 1990 and 1994, kicking 25 goals. In his first year at the Seven Network, Zempilas was awarded "Best News Story" at the annual Western Australia Football Commission media awards for his coverage of the Melbourne Football Club being thrown out of a West Coast Eagles closed training session.
In 1996, he was named the "Best Television Personality" at the same awards. In 1996 Zempilas was promoted to weekend sports anchor on Seven News, a position he held until the end of 2001, when Seven lost the rights to broadcast AFL. In 1997 he commenced hosting Basil's Footy Show, he hosted the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth and co-hosted the local television program Perth at Five with Yvette Mooney. Zempilas has been involved with the Seven Network's coverage of the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he co-hosted Tonight at the Games with Bruce Abernethy for the Western Australia and South Australia markets. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Zempilas called Steven Bradbury's win in the 1000m speed skating. Zempilas provided rowing and basketball commentary at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and represented Seven News at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships. In 2006 he began presenting the AFL segment on the Seven Network program Sportsworld with David Schwarz, he called the speed skating event at the 2006 Winter Olympics with Bradbury and commentated on Rowing, Canoe/Kyak and Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Zempilas is the senior sport presenter on Seven News Perth, in the past has provided AFL commentary on radio station 1116 SEN into Melbourne. He was a co-host of the "Lisa, Paul & Baz" show on Perth's 92.9 but left in November 2013. He joined Steve Mills to host the 6PR breakfast radio show in January 2014. Since 2012, Zempilas has been part of the Seven Network's expanded AFL broadcast team. Between 2012 and 2016, he called Saturday afternoon matches and some Friday night and Sunday afternoon matches. In 2018, due to his Weekend Sunrise commitments, his football duties have been reduced to calling only Friday and Saturday night matches played in Sydney, some matches in Perth, he is a commentator for Seven's Australian Open tennis coverage and is the host of the annual Channel Seven Perth Telethon. In 2018, Zempilas became co-host of Weekend Sunrise replacing Andrew O'Keefe after filling in as host of the show. In March 2004, a portrait of Zempilas by Perth artist Melinda Mackay was entered in the Archibald Prize, in the same year he featured in Cleo's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors.
In 2007, Zempilas received a fine and a three-month suspension of his driver's licence after pleading guilty to drink driving. On 6 September 2009, Zempilas married his longtime girlfriend Amy Graham on the island of Kastellorizo, Greece, they have a son. Channel Seven Perth personality profiles Basil Zempilas on IMDb Basil Zempilas on Twitter
Melanie Louise McLaughlin is an Australian sport presenter for the Seven Network. McLaughlin worked for Fox Sports where she hosted football shows including Kick Off, Indian Super League and Fox Sports FC, while being a regular on Fox Sports News. McLaughlin started her television career as a reporter and presenter. In 2007 she joined Fox Sports where she hosted multiple soccer shows including Kick Off, Indian Super League and Fox Sports FC, she was a regular on Fox Sports News. In 2013 she joined Network Ten to host the network's coverage of the Big Bash League, she hosted Ten's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and Australian F1 Grand Prix. McLaughlin was host of the short-lived The Thursday Night Sport Show alongside Sam Mac and Mark Howard, a fill-in sports presenter on Ten Eyewitness News Sydney. In January 2016, cricketer Chris Gayle propositioned McLaughlin during a live interview during a Big Bash game, he was sanctioned with a A$10,000 fine for inappropriate conduct.
In April 2016, McLaughlin moved to the Seven Network. She was appointed weeknight sport presenter on Seven News Sydney replacing Jim Wilson, she hosted Seven's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She hosted the network's coverage of the Australian Swimming Championships and 2017 Rugby League World Cup, she has filled in as sports presenter on Sunrise. In 2018, she was appointed host of Seven’s Test Cricket and Big Bash League Coverage alongside James Brayshaw. McLaughlin was raised in Quakers Hill, New South Wales where she attended St Andrew's Primary School and St John Paul II Catholic College, she was divorced after two years. Mel McLaughlin on Twitter