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Costliest Hurricanes in US History (Photos)

Hurricane Katrina 2005 is ranked among the costliest hurricanes in US history with data based on estimated insured losses for property coverage and adjusted to 2009 dollars. The current Hurricane Irene is being predicted to be an above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Hurricane Katrina 2005 was said to be the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States . It was estimated at least 1,836 people left the life in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $45.115 billion, nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The affected areas included Louisiana (especially New Orleans area), southern and central Mississippi, southern Alabama, western and southern Florida, and many areas to the north

Andrew caused $22.231 billion in damage with most of that damage cost in south Florida, which struck at Category 5 strength.

Hurricane Andrew was the most expensive Atlantic hurricane in U.S. history prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Hurricane Ike was the third-costliest ever to make landfall in the United States with damages are estimated at $12.648 billion

The most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and the fourth Category 5 hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 season, Hurricane Wilma happened on 24 October 2005 with the total cost of $11.306 billion.

With at least 62 deaths and $11.306 billion in damage, Wilma is voted among the top five most costly hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic and the fourth costliest storm in United States history

Hurricane Charley made landfall in southwestern Florida at maximum strength, making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992.

Damage in the state totaled to approximately $8.48 billion

Hurricane Jeanne was considered as the deadliest hurricane in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, causing 7 deaths in Puerto Rico, 18 in the Dominican Republic and at least 4 in Florida, prompting the total number of deaths to at least 3,025.

Ivan in 2005 spawned 117 tornadoes across the eastern United States with the total damage of $8.065 billion

Hurricane Hugo of the 1989 Atlantic hurricane season cost American government $6.624 billion

Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the eighth costliest with $6.177 billion

Hurricane Frances of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season cost $5.212 billion

$4.146 billion is the total damage Hurricane Jeanne cost in 2004, making it the tenth costliest hurricane in US history

 

Top 10 Costliest Hurricanes

 

Related links:

Overview of Hurricane Irene 2011 (Photos)

Top Ten Historic Floods in America

Hurricanes Seen From Above

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