Devastating hurricanes have wreaked havoc and loss of lives and property in the U.S. While the number of casualties from these storms has come down over the years, the cost associated with these storms has soared profoundly. This has been due to reconstruction expenses and more expensive homes and businesses around the area. There have been several devastating hurricanes that have hit the United States in the last hundred years.
1. Hurricane Katrina
This hurricane started on August 23, 2005 and was one of the most devastating hurricanes in American history. It left almost two thousand people dead and damage estimates was to the extent of 200 million dollars. Katrina was listed under the hurricane category 5.
2. Hurricane Andrew
This hurricane was also a category five storm that hit South Florida on August 24, 1992. Wind speed was at one hundred and sixty five miles per hour, and it cost thirty billion dollars in damage at the time. Many buildings were demolished and South Florida was devastated.
3. Hurricane Wilma
This hurricane started on October 15, 2005, and was accompanied with winds of one hundred and twenty five miles an hour. This storm listed under category five killed thirty one people in America and left many homeless. It was the most intense cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin.
4. Hurricane Rita
This hurricane hit the Southern US after starting on September 17, 2005. The hurricane led to at least 150 deaths. Rita caused $11.3 billion in damage on the U.S Gulf Coast in September 2005.Damages from this hurricane were to the extent of six billion dollars.
5. Hurricane Camille
This storm started on August 18, 1969 and hit Mississippi, accompanied by winds to the speed of one hundred and eight miles an hour. Over two hundred and fifty people lost their lives owing to the storm and damages were to the extent of one and a half billion dollars at the time.