Then & Now: America's Worst Storms

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Record Breaking U.S. Storms Since 1900


Deadliest

Rank Storm Location Year Category Deaths
1 Great Galveston Hurricane Galveston,
Texas
1900 4 8000+
2 San Felipe /
Okeechobee Hurricane
Lake Okeechobee,
Florida
1928 4 2500+
3 Hurricane Katrina Louisiana,
Mississippi
2005 3 1500
4 Hurricane Audrey Louisiana /
Texas
1957 4 416
5 Labor Day Hurricane Florida Keys 1935 5 408
6 Great Miami Hurricane Florida,
Alabama,
Mississippi
1926 4 372
7 Grand Isle Hurricane Louisiana 1909 3 350
8 Florida Keys Hurricane Florida 1919 4 287
9 1915 Galveston Hurricane Texas 1915 4 275
(tied for
9th)
10 New Orleans Hurricane Louisiana 1915 4 275
(tied for
9th place)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costliest (not adjusted for inflation)

Rank Storm Location Year Category Damage
1 Katrina Florida,
Louisiana,
Mississippi
2005 3 $81 billion
2 Andrew Florida,
Louisiana
1992 5 $26.5 billion
3 Wilma Florida 2005 3 $20.6 billion
4 Charley Florida 2004 4 $15 billion
5 Ivan Alabama,
Florida
2004 3 $14.2 billion
6 Rita Louisiana,
Texas
2005 3 $11.3 billion
7 Frances Florida 2004 2 $8.9 billion
8 Hugo South Carolina 1989 4 $7 billion
9 Jeanne Florida 2004 3 $6.9 billion
10 Allison Texas 2001 Tropical Storm $5 billion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Intense (at time of landfall)

Rank Storm Location Year Category Pressure (millibars) Pressure (inches of mercury)
1 Labor Day Hurricane Florida Keys 1935 5 892 26.35
2 Hurricane Camille Mississippi,
Louisiana,
Virginia
1969 5 909 26.84
3 Hurricane Katrina Louisiana,
Mississippi
2005 3 920 27.17
4 Hurricane Andrew Florida,
Louisiana
1992 5 922 27.73
5 Florida Keys Hurricane Florida,
Texas
1919 4 927 27.37
6 San Felipe /
Lake Okeechobee
Florida 1928 4 929 27.43
7 Hurricane Donna Florida,
Eastern U.S.
1960 4 930 27.46
8 New Orleans Hurricane Louisiana 1915 4 931 27.49
(tied for
8th place)
8 Hurricane Carla Texas 1961 4 931 27.49
(tied for
8th place)
9 Hurricane Hugo South Carolina 1989 4 934

27.58

Source: The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones From 1851 to 2006 (and other frequently requested hurricane facts) [NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS TPC-5] updated April 15, 2007.

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