On Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina swept through portions of
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Katrina's hurricane-force winds
and storm surge affected everything in its path-roofs, walls, cars,
boats, trees, fences and signs. The hurricane's storm surge damage
was limited to areas along the Gulf Coast, but the areas suffering
from wind damage were considerably inland. The hurricane-force
winds tested roof system performance, as well as recent building
code improvements that had been instituted as a result of previous
On behalf of NRCA, we visited affected areas to investigate how
roof systems performed. Following is a summary of our observations
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall from the Gulf of Mexico, just
southeast of New Orleans, and primarily traveled north into
Mississippi. The hurricane's eye passed through areas near
Picayune, Miss., up to Hattiesburg, Miss., essentially
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