Top 10 Most Devastating Hurricanes in U.S History

Thousands of people were affected by Katrina, the most recent hurricane that struck New Orleans. Katrina is sure to leave her own devastating legacy. The following are some of the hurricanes that preceded the occurrence of hurricane Katrina. All these have also wrecked greater damage in the past. Given below are the top 10 most intense hurricanes excluding Katrina:


1. The Labor Day Hurricane
The Labor Day Hurricane

This is the most severe hurricane to have been recorded in history. It made landfall as category 5 hurricane on September 2, 1935. The pressure was at 892 mb and over 408 lives were lost due to this hurricane. Damages were estimated at $6 million. The Labor Day hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys.


2. Hurricane Camille

This hurricane is said to have made landfall in Louisiana Coast and Mississippi on August 17, 1969 as a category 5. Its pressure was at 909 mb and the speed of winds was 200 mph with storm surge to the extent of 20 feet in height. Damages were to the tune of $1,420,700,000 and this hurricane claimed 5, 256 lives.


3. Hurricane Andrew
Hurricane Andrew

Making landfall on August 24, 1992 as a category 5, the pressure accompanying this hurricane was at 922 mb. Over 250,000 people were left homeless and several businesses were destroyed. Damages were to the tune of over $25 billion. After the hurricane affected south Florida it continued its journey to the northwest to the Gulf of Mexico and struck the Louisiana coastline.


4. The Indianola, Texas Hurricane
The Indianola Texas Hurricane

This hurricane occurred in 1886 as a category 4. When it made landfall, the pressure was at 925 mb. The hurricane is said to have claimed 43 lives. The entire town was wiped out as a result of this hurricane.


5. Hurricane Florida Keys
Hurricane Florida Keys 1919

The Florida Keys hurricane was accompanied by a pressure of 927 mb when it made landfall in September of 1919 as a category 4. It claimed an estimated 1,000 lives. Damages were to the extent of $22 million.


6. Hurricane Lake Okeechobee, FL
Hurricane Lake Okeechobee

On Sept 16, 1928, Lake Okeechobee, FL hurricane made landfall as a category 4. The pressure accompanying the hurricane was to the tune of 929 mb. This hurricane claimed an estimated 3,700 lives in all and wreaked damage to the tune of 100 million dollars.


7. Hurricane Donna
Hurricane Donna

On Sept 10, 1960, hurricane Donna made landfall in Southern Florida as a category 4. The pressure accompanying this hurricane was 930 mb. Donna’s sustained winds were 135 mph. The hurricane later crossed the Florida Peninsula and affected every state from South Carolina to New York with strong winds. The hurricane is said to have roamed the Atlantic coast for about 17 days. Over 50 people lost their lives and damages were estimated to be around 300 million dollars.


8. New Orleans, (Unnamed Hurricane)
New Orleans Unnamed Hurricane 1915

This hurricane occurred in 1915 as a category 4. When the New Orleans hurricane made landfall the pressure was at 931 mb. While the hurricane claimed 275 lives, the damage cost remains unknown.


9. Hurricane Carla
Hurricane Carla

On September 11, 1961, Hurricane Carla made landfall in Central and North Texas as a category 4. When this hurricane made landfall, the pressure was at 931 mb. This is the most powerful storm to have hit Texas in 40 years. Damage was to the extent of over $300 million and the hurricane claimed over 43 lives.


10. Hurricane Hugo
Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Hugo is a category 4 hurricane which occurred in South Carolina on September 22, 1989. When this hurricane made its landfall, the pressure was at 934 mb and the damage was to the extent of over $7 billion. Hugo is the most severe hurricane to have struck Georgia and the Carolinas in the last hundreds years. The total death toll from this storm was 35 and about 26,000 people were left homeless as a result of this storm.

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4 Responses

  1. J Doe


    To Whom it May Concern;

    The picture you have (2.) Hurricane Camille is incorrect Hurricane Camile made Landfall in Louisiana Coast and Mississippi on August 17, 1969 as a category 5. If you look the picture is on the east coast of Florida, Georgia & S Carolina. That is a picture of Hurricane Hugo. There were no color satellite photos in 1969. Please be so kind as to correct this error. The people who went through Hurricane Camille & Hurricane Hugo and people inquiring about the hurricanes would deeply appreciate your correcting the error.


    J Doe

  2. Rob

    This is inaccurate…where is the 1900 Storm that hit Galveston, TX? This storm took up to 12,000 lives. To this date, it is the deadliest natural disaster to EVER hit the united states.

    Most people site 8,000 casualties which would make it the 3rd deadliest hurricane ever to be seen in the Atlantic. Some historians believe the number is closer to 12,000 casualties, which would put it in second place.

    The 1900 Storm should be at the top of your list.

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