FAMOUS HURRICANES OF THE 20th AND 21st CENTURY IN
THE UNITED STATES

(1900 through 2004)


1. THE GREAT GALVESTON TEXAS HURRICANE DISASTER

* September 8-9, 1900
* Galveston, Texas
* 6,000 deaths (ranges up to 10,000 - 12,000)
* category 4 at landfall
* pressure 27.49" (931 mb) at landfall
* damage $150 million
* greatest U.S. weather disaster on record

2. THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA CATASTROPHE

* September 16, 1928
* South Florida (especially Lake Okeechobee area)
* 1836 deaths
* category 4 at landfall
* pressure 27.43" (929 mb) at landfall
* damage $32 million

3. THE GREAT FLORIDA KEYS LABOR DAY STORM

* September 3, 1935
* Florida Keys
* 423 deaths
* category 5 at landfall
* pressure 26.35" (892 mb) at landfall
* damage ?
* the most intense hurricane to strike the U.S. on record
* first hurricane to reach category 5 at landfall in the U.S.

4. 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 $306 million

5. 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

6. HURRICANE "EDNA"

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

7. 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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. HURRICANE "DONNA"

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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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)

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. HURRICANE "FRAN"

* September 5-6, 1996
* North Carolina / Virginia north to Pennsylvania
* 27 deaths
* category 3 at landfall
* pressure 28.17" (954 mb) at landfall
* damage $3.2 billion
* the fourth costliest hurricane on record in the U.S.

19. HURRICANE "CHARLEY"

* August 13, 2004
* Entire west coast of Flordia
* 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.

20. 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.


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