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Here is the timeline:
Friday, Aug. 26:
_ Katrina weakens over land to a tropical storm before moving out over the Gulf of Mexico. It grows to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, veering north and west toward Mississippi and Louisiana.
_ 10,000 National Guard troops are dispatched across the Gulf Coast.
Saturday, Aug. 27:
_ Eleven people dead in Florida from hurricane-related causes.
_ Katrina becomes a Category 3 storm, with 115 mph winds; a hurricane warning is issued for Louisiana's southeastern coast, including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, and for the northern Gulf coast.
_ New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declares a state of emergency and urges residents in low-lying areas to evacuate.
_ Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour declares a state of emergency. A mandatory evacuation is ordered for Hancock County.
_ Coastal Gulf residents jam freeways and gas stations as they rush to evacuate.
Sunday, Aug. 28:
_ Katrina grows into a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds and heads for the northern Gulf coast.
_ Nagin orders a mandatory evacuation for New Orleans. But 10 shelters are also set up, including the Superdome, for those unable to leave.
_ Evacuation orders are posted all along the Mississippi coast.
_ Alabama Gov. Bob Riley declares a state of emergency.
Monday, Aug. 29:
_ Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds, makes landfall near Buras, La., at 6:10 a.m. CDT (7:10 a.m. EDT).
_ President Bush makes emergency disaster declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi, freeing up federal funds.
_ Katrina rips two holes in the Superdome's roof. Some 10,000 storm refugees are inside.
_ At least eight Gulf Coast refineries shut down or reduce operations.
_ Airports close in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Mobile and Pensacola. Hundreds of flights are canceled or diverted.
Tuesday, Aug. 30:
_ The hurricane death toll in Mississippi rises to more than 100.
_ Two levees break in New Orleans and water pours in, covering 80 percent of the city and rising to 20 feet deep in some areas. Many people climb onto roofs to escape.
_ Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says everyone still in New Orleans ?an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people ?must be evacuated. Crowds swell at the Superdome and the New Orleans convention center.
_ Rescuers in helicopters and boats pick up hundreds of stranded people in New Orleans. Reports of looting emerge.
_ About 40,000 people are in American Red Cross shelters, not including New Orleans.
_ Bush cuts short his vacation to focus on the storm damage.
_ Nagin offers a startling estimate of New Orleans' death toll: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands," he says.
_ "At first light, the devastation is greater than our worst fears," says Blanco, Louisiana's governor.
_ The looting grows exponentially. Thieves use a forklift to smash into one pharmacy. Blanco asks the White House to send more people. New Orleans police are called off search-and-rescue missions to combat out-of-control looting.
_ Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt declares a federal health emergency throughout the Gulf Coast, sends in medical supplies and workers.
I've highlighted Nagin's and Bush's actions and stopped it, roughly, at Nagin's SOS plea.
Feel free to quote from the rest if you want.