14 years before Sandy, Hurricane Mitch battered Central America

BY newsdesk  October 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

Hurricane Mitch - 15th anniversary

15th anniversary of Hurricane Mitch, a category 5 hurricane which struck the coast of central America with winds topping out at 180 mph and dropping as many as 75 inches of rain. The wind, rain and resulting floods and mudslides left more than 11,000 dead, thousands more missing and more than 3 million homeless or severely affected.

By comparison, NOAA reports that Hurricane Sandy, a category 1 hurricane, killed 145 people throughout the Caribbean and along the North American coast with at least 650,000 houses damaged or destroyed. The cyclone dropped more than 28 inches of rain on Jamaica and more than 13 inches of rain on parts of the mid-Atlantic coast.