Just about 3 years ago Hurricane Katrina hit lane, with Rita following just a few weeks later as the Gulf states were still reeling from Katrina. Much has been written about the political fallout from those disasters, and the human (and animal) suffering. But the actual work of the pair of hurricanes in natural terms sometimes gets glossed over in lieu of the other stories reflected in their effects.
The USGS has a lot of data on the hurricanes. Here is a page with some images and maps, just to get a reminder of the awesome forces they were.