Famous Hurricanes


1. THE GREAT GALVESTON TEXAS HURRICANE DISASTER 

  •  September 8-9, 1900 
  •  Galveston, Texas 
  •  8,000 deaths (ranges up to 10,000 - 12,000) 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.64" (936 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $150 million 
  •  deadliest U.S. weather disaster on record 

2. THE GULF/SOUTH TEXAS HURRICANE OF 1919 

  •  September 14, 1919 
  •  Just south of Corpus Christi, Texas 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  Glanced Florida keys on September 9th as category 4 
  •  pressure 27.37" (927 mb) near Key West, Florida 
  •  pressure 28.05" (950 mb) at landfall 
  •  600-900 deaths, many missing 
  •  damage $22 million 

3. THE GREAT MIAMI HURRICANE 

  •  September 18, 1926 
  •  Miami, Florida 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  Second, weaker landfall September 20th near Pensacola, Florida 
  •  pressure 27.46" (930 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $105 million 
  •  373+ deaths and 6,381 injuries 

4. THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA CATASTROPHE 

  •  September 16, 1928 
  •  landfall near Palm Beach, Florida 
  •  Category 4 at landfall 
  •  Category 5 landfall in Puerto Rico on September 13th 
  •  Hurricane force winds produced 6-9 storm surge on lake Okeechobee! 
  •  pressure 27.43" (929 mb) at landfall 
  •  2500+ deaths 
  •  damage $32 million 

5. THE GREAT FLORIDA KEYS LABOR DAY STORM 

  •  September 3, 1935 
  •  Florida Keys 
  •  category 5 at landfall, first time in recorded U.S. history 
  •  pressure 26.35" (892 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $6 million 
  •  423 deaths 
  •  most intense hurricane to strike the U.S. on record 
  •  third lowest observed pressure of any recorded Atlantic hurricane 

6. THE GREAT LONG ISLAND / NEW ENGLAND HURRICANE 

  •  September 21, 1938 
  •  Long Island New York/New England 
  •  600 deaths 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.94" (946 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $308 million 

7. HURRICANE "CAROL" 

  •  August 31, 1954 
  •  Long Island New York/New England states 
  •  60 deaths 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.35" (960 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $461 million 

8. HURRICANE "EDNA" 

  •  September 11, 1954 
  •  Extreme eastern New England 
  •  deaths ? 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.17" (954 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage ? 

9. HURRICANE "HAZEL" 

  •  October 15, 1954 
  •  South Carolina/North Carolina north to Pennsylvania 
  •  95 deaths 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.70" (938 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $281 million 
  •  record three major hurricanes in a row to strike the U.S. in less than two months 

10. HURRICANE "DIANE" 

  •  August 17, 1955 
  •  North Carolina/northeast U.S. 
  •  184 deaths 
  •  category 2 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.02" (949 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $831 million 
  •  most deaths were due to devastating floods in the northeast U.S. 

11. HURRICANE "AUDREY" 

  •  June 27, 1957 
  •  southwest Louisiana 
  •  400-500 deaths 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.91" (945 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $150 million 
  •  deadliest hurricane in June on record in the U.S. 

12. HURRICANE "DONNA" 

  •  September 10, 1960 
  •  Florida 
  •  50 deaths 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.46" (930 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $387 million 

13. HURRICANE "CARLA" 

  •  September 11, 1961 
  •  Texas (remnants tracked to near Chicago) 
  •  46 deaths 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.49" (931 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $408 million 
  •  dumped about 4 inches of rain at Milwaukee September 12-13 

14. HURRICANE "BETSY" 

  •  September 8-9, 1965 
  •  southeast Florida/southeast Louisiana 
  •  75 deaths 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.99" (948 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $1.4 billion 
  •  first hurricane to inflict billion dollar damage 

15. HURRICANE "BEULAH" 

  •  September 20, 1967 
  •  South Texas 
  •  15 deaths 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.05" (950 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $350 million 
  •  produced record 118 tornadoes by a hurricane across South Texas (most were weak) 

16. HURRICANE "CAMILLE" 

  •  August 17-19, 1969 
  •  Mississippi/southeast Louisiana northeast to Virginia 
  •  256 deaths 
  •  category 5 at landfall 
  •  pressure 26.84" (909 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $1.4 billion 
  •  remnants dumped 27 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in Virginia 
  •  the second most intense hurricane on record at landfall 
  •  only the second hurricane to reach category 5 at landfall in the U.S. 
  •  nearly half the deaths were due to catastrophic flooding in the Appalachians 

17. HURRICANE "AGNES" 

  •  June 19-22, 1972 
  •  Florida panhandle/northeast U.S. 
  •  122 deaths 
  •  category 1 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.86" (977 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $2.1 billion 
  •  most deaths were due to catastrophic flooding in New York / Pennsylvania 

18. HURRICANE "HUGO" 

  •  September 21, 1989 
  •  South Carolina 
  •  21 deaths 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.58" (934 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $7 billion 
  •  the third costliest hurricane on record in the U.S. 

19. HURRICANE "ANDREW" 

  •  August 24-26, 1992 
  •  southeast Florida/southern Louisiana 
  •  23 deaths 
  •  category 5 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.23" (922 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $26.5 billion 
  •  the costliest hurricane on record in the U.S. 
  •  the third most intense hurricane at landfall to hit the U.S.

20. HURRICANE "FRAN" 

  •  September 5-6, 1996 
  •  North Carolina / Virginia north to Pennsylvania 
  •  27 deaths 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.32" (954 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $3.2 billion 
  •  the fourth costliest hurricane on record in the U.S. 

21. HURRICANE "FLOYD" 

  •  September 16, 1999 
  •  landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as category 2 hurricane 
  •  56 deaths, most due to flooding 
  •  pressure 28.17" (959 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $3-6 billion mainly from flooding 

22. HURRICANE "ISABEL" 

  •  September 18, 2003 
  •  landfall near Cedar Island, North Carolina as category 2 hurricane 
  •  pressure 28.45" (963 mb) at landfall 
  •  17 deaths 
  •  damage $3+ billion 

23. HURRICANE "CHARLEY" 

  •  August 13, 2004 
  •  Entire west coast of Florida 
  •  24 deaths 
  •  792 injuries 
  •  category 4 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.79" (941 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $11.2 billion 
  •  the second costliest hurricane on record in the U.S.

24. HURRICANE "FRANCES" 

  •  September 5-6, 2004 
  •  landfall near Stuart, Florida as a category 2 hurricane 
  •  Secondary landfall as tropical storm near Apalachicola 
  •  7 deaths 
  •  pressure 28.35" (960 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $8.9 billion 

25. HURRICANE "IVAN" 

  •  September 13-16, 2004 
  •  Western Panhandle of Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast 
  •  14 deaths 
  •  16 injuries 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.85" (943 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $4.5 billion 
  •  One of the most damaging hurricanes to affect the extreme western Florida Panhandle in modern history. 

26. HURRICANE "JEANNE" 

  •  September 26, 2004 
  •  landfall near Stuart, Florida 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.11" (952 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $6.9 billion 
  •  5 deaths 
  •  landfall was same location as hurricane Frances just a few weeks earlier, first and only in recorded history 

27. HURRICANE "DENNIS" 

  •  July 10, 2005 
  •  landfall near Navarre Beach, Florida as a category 3 hurricane 
  •  pressure 27.94" (946 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $2.23 billion 
  •  3 deaths 

28. HURRICANE "KATRINA" 

  •  August 29, 2005 
  •  2nd landfall near Buras, Louisiana as a category 3 hurricane 
  •  1st landfall was near Miami, Florida as a category 1 hurricane. 
  •  pressure 27.17" (920 mb) at Louisiana landfall 
  •  damage $100+ billion 
  •  1500+ fatalities 
  •  The worst natural disaster in U.S. history from combination of significant loss of property and human life 

29. HURRICANE "RITA" 

  •  September 24, 2005 
  •  landfall near Johnson’s Bayou, Louisiana 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 27.67" (937 mb) at landfall 
  •  4th lowest pressure observed in an Atlantic hurricane (895 mb) 
  •  damage about $10 billion 
  •  Prompted one of the largest evacuation events in preparation for landfall 
  •  7 deaths 

30. HURRICANE "WILMA" 

  •  October 24, 2005 
  •  landfall near Naples, Florida 
  •  category 3 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.23" (956 mb) at landfall 
  •  Lowest Atlantic hurricane pressure ever recorded (882 mb over Caribbean) 
  •  damage $20.6 billion, 3rd costliest in U.S. history (behind Katrina and Andrew) 
  •  6 deaths 

31. HURRICANE "IKE" 

  •  September 12-13, 2008 
  •  landfall near Galveston, Texas 
  •  category 2 at landfall 
  •  pressure 28.99" (982 mb) at landfall 
  •  damage $6.9 billion 
  •  20 deaths 
  •  continued to produce significant wind damage and flooding in the following days up into the Ohio Valley

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