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The Five Worst Hurricanes in U.S. History

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That’s great advice when getting ready for hurricane season every year. While large and deadly hurricanes luckily don’t occur every season, there have been a number of huge hurricane systems that have caused way too much damage in the past. Here are the five worst hurricanes in the history of the United States.

  1. Hurricane Camille

Camille hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 at a time when the wind-measuring instruments weren’t strong enough to survive. This storm set a record with a surge of 24 feet. It killed more than 140 people and more than 110 more passed away from flash flooding in Virginia.

  1. Hurricane Andrew

While Andrew was relatively small, it had extreme Category 5 winds when it hit the southeastern coast of Florida. More than 125,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and the storm left more than $26.5 billion worth of damages in its wake.

  1. Miami Hurricane

This hurricane happened in 1926 when the eye passed over downtown Miami. Residents at the time weren’t informed and came out of their homes during a short lull. The storm caused $105 million worth of damage (equivalent to more than $100 billion today) and killed 372 people.

  1. Galveston Hurricane

The deadliest hurricane took place in 1900 and passed over Cuba and Key West, FL on its way to Texas. Winds gusted at more than 120 mph and seas grew to over 20 feet high. It was estimated that 8,000 to 12,000 people passed away as a result of this storm that destroyed 3,000 homes and caused $30 million in damages.

  1. Hurricane Katrina

It may feel like just yesterday to some, but Hurricane Katrina took place in 2005. It started in Florida and caused a billion dollars’ worth of damage there. It landed near Buras, Louisiana and caused waves to surge to more than 28 feet which claimed more than 200 lives in Mississippi. The Hurricane was responsible for flooding 80% of New Orleans and claiming 1,577 lives in LA.

Any hurricane you experience has the potential to feel like the worst of all-time. Storm Smart can help you be prepared with products like storm catcher screens, aluminum shutters, storm panels, and more. Give us a call today at 239-274-2700 to learn more.