These two chapters, reprinted from the text, Natural Hazards and Disasters: 2006 Updated Edition by Donald and David Hyndman, provide an introduction to the causes and effects of hurricanes and include a brand new 20-page case study detailing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast region.
Donald Hyndman is a recently retired Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Montana, where he has taught courses in natural hazards, regional geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, volcanology, and advanced igneous petrology. He continues to teach courses in natural hazards. Donald is co-originator and coauthor of six books in the Roadside Geology series and one on the geology of the Pacific Northwest, and is also the author of a textbook on Igneous Petrology. His B.S. in Geological Engineering is from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Geology is from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award, both given by the University of Montana.