Natural disasters have a huge impact on the United States as a whole and show how we have supported each other nationally throughout the years.
Whether you look at the damages in terms of monetary value, property destroyed or lives taken these top five most damaging hurricanes devastated the lives of many all over the United States.
1. September 8, 1900: Galveston
With a speed of up to 145 miles per hour this category four hurricane was the deadliest in US history. Touching down in Galveston, Texas it took the lives of over 8,000 people who were not prepared for the ground breaking storm that would have the third highest number of casualties of any Atlantic hurricane on record. Surges up to 15 feet came in from all sides and destroyed over 3,500 buildings.
There was no naming convention for hurricanes at this time, but there were a few names associated with it such as; Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Great Galveston Hurricane or Galveston Flood. This scary number one took the most lives out of all of our top five.
2. August 25, 2005: Katrina
The most recent on the list, Katrina was the most expensive hurricane the US has seen with the damages totaling 125 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation). The hurricane effected several states off the gulf coast, including; Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee when it made landfall at a shocking category three.
Total death toll for the hurricane came in at a staggering 2,000 dead. Many in Louisiana were forced to gather in the Superdome after residents and buildings were wiped out by water at depths of up to 20 feet covering 80 percent of New Orleans alone.
3. August 24, 1992: Andrew
Affecting only two states, Florida and Louisiana, and with half the cost of Katrina, Andrew blew into the gulf as a category five. With costs exceeding 26 billion dollars, Andrew was the costliest hurricane in US history at the time. Only fifty people were killed in its wake but the damage to homes and buildings, particularly in Florida where it first touched down, is what put it as our number three.
63,000 homes were destroyed focusing mostly around the Miami-Dade county area, and left over 175,000 people on the streets homeless. To add to the damage, the hurricane rushed through the everglades and over oil platforms off the coast, leaving no tree or rig standing.
4. September 6, 1928: Lake Okeechobee
After the number one spot Galveston, the Lake Okeechobee hurricane that hit Southeast Florida in 1928 comes in as the second deadliest hurricane the United States has seen and the only major storm of that year. This category four caused 2,500 deaths in the US alone and flooded Lake Okeechobee which is where most of the damage was centered.
The majority of the casualties were victims of drowning in the 15-20 feet of flood water that destroyed homes and businesses costing as much as $1.4 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation).
5. September 12, 2008: Ike
Seven states were affected by Ike, and a total of $13.28 billion dollars was spent to help after the destruction hit. Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas all experienced damages, with many areas along the coast covered in debris to include areas still rebuilding after hurricane Katrina.
23 people in the US are still missing and 112 people on record were killed with the largest search and rescue mission in the history of US hurricane aid.
Several honorable mentions also include: hurricanes Sandy, Wilma, Ivan and Charlie, who all broke records in damage.
Beckie Borchers is a student of meteorology at Valencia. She is also a home owner, and as a Florida resident knows the importance of preparadeness, and thus would like to recommend InsuranceLand.org for other Central Florida residents looking to prepare for this hurricane season.