*Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh-named tropical storm and the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Learn more about FEMA Disaster definitions. Hurricane Katrina's winds and storm surge reached the Mississippi coastline on the morning of August 29, 2005. beginning a two-day path of destruction through central Mississippi; by 10 a.m. CDT on August 29, 2005, the eye of Katrina began traveling up the entire state, only slowing from hurricane-force winds at Meridian near 7 p.m. and entering Tennessee as a tropical storm. It first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just north of Miami, Florida on August 25, 2005. * Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed. In the Gulf of Mexico it strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane with maximum winds of 175mph and minimum central pressure of 902mbar. Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.