As Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the eastern coast of Texas, people are comparing it to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated a large swath of the Gulf Coast in 2005 that the US government was ill-prepared for.
In fact, there were tons of experts who likened the damage potential of Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Katrina. Which is a scary thought for anyone to try and grasp, but a recent comparison of satellite images of the storms show just how similar they really are.
MSNBC tweeted a photo Friday afternoon, before the hurricane hit Texas, featuring a side-by-side comparison of the two storms:
After the tweet, the eye of the storm became more fully defined, and was upgraded from a category 3 to a category 4. Katrina started as a category 5 before being downgraded to a 3.
And we will never forget the devastation Katrina caused:
One meteorologist laid out just how dangerous Harvey could end up being:
Good Morning America had an expert explain the similarities between the two hurricanes:
As of Saturday afternoon, Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the worst may be yet to come. While the hurricane is already blamed for at least one death, the expected torrential downpours and subsequent flooding are set to create widespread havoc for much of inland Texas over the next several days.
Twitter made sure everyone knew the potential danger Harvey posed:
Hurricane Harvey is going to rival Katrina for one of the costliest hurricanes of all-time. I don't think people realize what's happening.— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) August 25, 2017
As Katrina was for the Bush presidency, Harvey may be a defining moment for President Trump. The nation waits to see how he responds, and what kind of toll Harvey takes. Hopefully, the damage caused by Harvey is nowhere near the devastation that people suffered in the wake of Katrina.