We all know that hurricanes can be incredibly destructive, but have you ever wondered which one was the worst? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the most destructive hurricanes in history.
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Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history, causing over 1,800 fatalities and $125 billion in damage. The Hurricane made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005, causing severe damage to the city of New Orleans and other parts of the state. The storm surge from Hurricane Katrina was estimated to be as high as 28 feet (8.5 meters) in some areas, causing levees and floodwalls to fail, resulting in catastrophic flooding throughout the city. In the aftermath of the hurricane, many people were left stranded without food or water for days, and some areas were not accessible by road for weeks.
Hurricane Harvey was the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. The
storm made landfall in South Texas on August 25, 2017, bringing with it
record-setting rains and catastrophic flooding. In the end, Harvey claimed
the lives of more than 60 people and caused damage that is estimated to
exceed $125 billion.
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Infamously known as Superstorm Sandy, the cyclone was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with a diameter of 1,100 miles (1,800 km). Sandy’s arrival coincided with a full moon, which exacerbated its high storm surge.
The resulting damage was estimated to be $71.4 billion (2012 USD), making it one of the costliest natural disasters in United States history. Sandy caused breakdowns in transportation systems and left millions of people without power, some for weeks. In addition to the damage caused by high winds and storm surge, many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by flooding and fires.
As of September 11, 2017, Hurricane Irma has been ranked as the second most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. It is only behind Hurricane Wilma in 2005 in terms of barometric pressure. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has also stated that Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.
Hurricane Maria was the worst hurricane in history. It struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and caused devastation throughout the island. The hurricane caused widespread power outages, damage to infrastructure, and loss of life.