Top 3 Hurricanes of All Time that Caused the Most Damage

When big storms hit, they can often cause billions of dollars-worth of damage. We thought we’d take a look at three hurricanes that were the most costly in terms of damage caused…

3. Hurricane Sandy in 2012

Estimates suggest
that $70 billion worth of damage was caused when the storm hit the North East
of the US in October 2012. While not the most powerful storm (Category 3), it’s
100mph winds caused wide spread damage.

Interesting Facts
about Hurricane Sandy

  • After
    the storm, there was a unique “baby boom”. Monmouth Medical Center said that
    the number of births they had nine months after the disaster jumped by 35%.
  • Because
    of the damage caused, the “Sandy” name was retired and replaced with the name “Sara”
    for future storms.

2. Hurricane Harvey in 2017

Hurricane Harvey
hit Texas and Louisiana in August 2017 causing at least $125 billion worth of
damage. The Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 115mph at their peak,
created havoc and brought many cities to a stand still.

Interesting Facts about
Hurricane Harvey

  • The storm made a total of five different landfalls, which is very unusual for a Hurricane
  • Hurricane Harvey claimed the lives directly of 68 people.
  1. Hurricane Katrina in 2005

When you ask people
to name a hurricane, Hurricane Katrina will most likely be the name that everyone
says. Katrina struck in August of 2005 causing billions of dollars worth of
damage to the Southeast USA, as well as Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The
final damage bill came to $160 billion, with many areas not being built, so
arguably the damage caused was far higher.

The Category 5 storm claimed the lives of 1,836 people, which made it the deadliest hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, which claimed the lives of over 4,000 people.

Interesting Facts About Hurricane Katrina…

  • Water
    reached 12 miles in land in some locations, causing severe flooding to many towns
    and cities
  • A huge
    80% of the city of New Orleans became flooded

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