Hurricanes are no laughing matter, and it’s no secret that the United States of America have seen some of the most vicious hurricanes of all time. In this article, we’ll talk a bit about the very worst hurricanes that the U.S. has seen down the years.
It’s worth keeping in mind that hurricanes are evaluated based on a bunch of different factors – total death toll, wreckage, cost of repair, and so on. So, these hurricanes each had something unique to define it as perhaps the largest hurricane to hit the U.S.
1. The Great Galveston Hurricane (1900)
The Great Galveston Hurricane might not catch the eye in terms of size, but it’s definitely the deadliest hurricane to hit the United States, causing the death of between 8,000 and 12,000 people.
The Category 4 hurricane hit the coast of Galveston, Texas without any warning on the night of September 8th, 1900. Because of this, few people managed to act quickly enough, which explains the hurricane’s massive casualties.
2. Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Hurricane Katrina is definitely the worst of its type, at least in recent memory, having achieved worldwide fame, even now, more than 15 years after the event. While Hurricane Katrina was not the deadliest, causing a little over 1,500 deaths in total, it was definitely the costliest.
All in all, Katrina caused massive damage to the Gulf coast, totaling $108 billion in damages alone. It was also responsible for the spill of over 10,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it one of the worst natural disasters in the past 50 years.
3. The Miami Hurricane (1926)
Similarly, to the Great Galveston Hurricane, the Miami one gave the population very little time for preparations (with a warning being issued less than 24 hours before the storm made landfall). That, together with Miami’s insane popularity in the 1920s, made the Miami Hurricane one of the grizzliest in recent memory.
But perhaps the worst part was that for about 30 minutes, during the storm, the skies cleared, leading many to assume that the storm was over. Encouraged by the clear skies, many left their homes and were caught outside when the hurricane hit, causing a total of 372 deaths, and over 6,000 people injured.
4. The Okeechobee Hurricane (1928)
Only two years after the Miami Hurricane, came the Okeechobee, this time in the southern part of Florida. Another Category 4 storm, the Okeechobee Hurricane was responsible for the destruction of no less than 1,711 homes (costing an impressive $100 million in damages).
Known as one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes of U.S. history, the Okeechobee Hurricane saw the deaths of over 4,000 people.
5. Hurricane Andrew (1992)
Last but not least, Hurricane Andrew went down in the country’s history as one of the most destructive and intense hurricanes, making its way as a Category 5 storm, when it hit Florida.
The famed Hurricane Andrew was responsible for a whopping $26.5 billion in damage and led to the deaths of 65 people. Furthermore, it caused the death of 187 million freshwater fish, and tore over 70,000 trees down.