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AMERICA'S TOP 10 HURRICANES

Added on: 29th Jan 2014

 

10. HURRICANE RITA

 

Hurricane Rita

Season: 2005      Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: Cuba, United States Gulf Coast

 

The most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical

cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Rita on September 20,

at its peak intensity, attained 180 mph (285 km/h) winds. Coming so soon after Hurricane Katrina,

Rita is often forgotten, but it caused $11.8 billion in damages and 120 deaths in four U.S. states.

 

9. HURRICANE HUGO

Destructive Hurricanes in U.S.

Season: 1989        Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast

 

Hurricane Hugo was a rare but powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane that caused

widespread damage and loss of life in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico,

and the Southeast United States. The massively powerful Hugo had winds up to 135 mph,

and caused $12.7 billion in damages, and killed more than 100 people.

 

 

8. HURRICANE CHARLEY

 

Hurricane Charley Damage

 

Season: 2004         Category 4 hurricane 
Areas affected: Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Florida, The Carolinas

 

It was the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.

Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15, and at its peak intensity it attained

150 mph (240 km/h) winds, making it a strong Category 4 hurricane on the

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in south western Florida

at maximum strength, thus making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States

since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida twelve years before, in 1992.

It caused nearly $16 billion in damages, and killed 15 people directly.

 

 

7. HURRICANE IRENE

 

Hurricane Irene Flood

 

Season: 2011      Category 3 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada

 

The first major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, ranked as the

7th-costliest hurricane in United States history. Hurricane Irene was a large

and destructive tropical cyclone, which affected much of the Caribbean

and East Coast of the United States during late August 2011.

It caused widespread destruction and at least 56 deaths and $16.6 billion in damage.

 

 

6. HURRICANE IVAN

 

Hurricane Ivan damage

 

Season: 2004      Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, Venezuela, United States Gulf Coast

 

It was a large, long-lived, Cape Verde-type hurricane that caused widespread damage

in the Caribbean and United States. The more powerful storm in the great hurricane

year of 2004, Ivan killed over 100 people and caused an estimated US$18 billion in damages to the

United States. It was the fifth costliest hurricane ever to strike the country.

 

 

5. HURRICANE WILMA

 

Hurricane Wilma damage

 

Season: 2005       Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: Greater Antilles, Central America, Florida

 

It was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, and

second-most destructive hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 season.

An unusually late storm that came after Hurricane Katrina, Wilma made several landfalls,

with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucat√°n Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and the

US state of Florida. At least 62 deaths were reported, and damage is estimated at $29.1 billion,

$20.6 billion of which occurred in the United States alone. It was the most powerful storm ever in the Atlantic.

 

 

4. HURRICANE IKE

 

Hurricane Ike

 

Season: 2008       Category 4 hurricane 
Areas affected: Greater Antilles, Texas, Louisiana, Midwestern United States

 

The third-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States, Hurricane Ike

was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the 2008

Atlantic hurricane season. Ike was blamed for at least 195 deaths. Due to its immense size,

Ike caused devastation from the Louisiana coastline all the way to the Kennedy County region

near Corpus Christi, Texas. Ike caused flooding and significant damage along the

Mississippi coastline and the Florida Panhandle. Damages from Ike in U.S. coastal and inland

areas are estimated at $29.5 billion, with additional damage of $7.3 billion in Cuba,

$200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos,

amounting to a total of at least $37.5 billion in damage.

 

 

3. HURRICANE ANDREW

 

Hurricane Andrew

 

Season: 1992      Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Bahamas, Florida, United States Gulf Coast

 

Hurricane Andrew was, at the time of its occurrence in August 1992, the costliest hurricane

in United States history. Andrew blew through Florida, causing an astounding $45 billion

in damages, and killed over 65 people.

 

 

2. HURRICANE SANDY

 

Hurricane Sandy

 

Season: 2012,      Category 3 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada

 

Super storm Sandy is the second most destructive hurricane in United States history.

Classified as the eighteenth named storm, tenth hurricane and second major hurricane of the year 2012.

Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba.

While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the North eastern United States, the storm became the

largest Atlantic hurricane on record (as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km)).

Super storm Sandy causing more than $68 billion in damages, a total surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina.

At least 286 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries.

 

 

1.   HURRICANE KATRINA

 

Hurricane Katrina

 

Season: 2005,      Category 5 hurricane
Areas affected: The Bahamas, United States Gulf Coast

 

One of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in the history of United States.

Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall.

Katrina remains the storm on which all others are judged, causing more than $125 billion in damages.

At least 2,000 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the

deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, and millions were affected.

 


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