Hurricane Katrina devastated portions of the central Gulf of Mexico U.S. coast from Southeast Louisiana to Alabama at the end of August 2005. In the history of the United States, Katrina stands as the costliest natural disaster and the deadliest natural disaster since the 1928 major hurricane in southern Florida. Katrina's deadly track began as she moved across South Florida. Katrina then strengthened into a Category 5 Hurricane while moving northward toward the Central Gulf Coast. Although Katrina weakend before landfall, the Category 4 hurricane's fierce winds and near-record storm surge were still able to cause widespread destruction and loss of life.