A Look At The Ten Deadliest, Most Destructive Hurricanes in History!
August 24, 2011 3:56 PM
Hurricane season is officially here and with Hurricane Irene quickly approaching the east coast, we wanted to take a dive into history and find the most devastating hurricanes. Here is a list of the top 10 worst hurricanes in history.
- Bhola Cyclone: This storm hit East Pakistan and India’s West Bengal on November 12, 1970. With a death toll of 300,000-500,000, this takes the cake for the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded.
- Typhoon Nina: Nina hit China and destroyed the Banqiao Dam which led to major flooding in 1975. The death tolls reached over 100,000.
- The Great Hurricane of 1780: “The Great Hurricane of 1780″ devastated Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Lesser Antilles, Bermuda, Florida and other states, killing over 6,000 people.
- Galveston Hurricane of 1900: Galveston, Texas suffered the effects of this storm with over $20 million in damages and claiming over 6,000 lives.
- Okeechobee Hurricane: Okeechobee hit the Leeward Islands in 1928 and made its way through Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Florida killing about 4,078 people.
- Hurricane Jeanne: The deadliest storm of the 2004 hurricane season, Jeanne wreaked havoc in Hispaniola before hitting the Bahamas and making its way up to Florida. Death tolls reached at least 3,025 people.
- Hurricane Katrina: Katrina is one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. At least 1,836 people died, mostly in New Orleans and Mississippi, but the storm spanned over the Bahamas, Florida and Gulf of Mexico.
- 1935 Labor Day Hurricane: One of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in U.S. history, the Labor Day Hurricane was a category 5 and killed between 408-600 people.
- Hurricane Andrew: Andrew was the third category 5 storm to hit the U.S. killing over 60 people.
- Hurricane Hugo: Everyone remembers Hurricane Hugo because it hit so close to home. Starting in the Caribbean Islands, Hugo made its way to South Carolina eventually killing 61 people.