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For The Record

The 2005 hurricane season was the most intense and active in recorded history. There were 27 named storms, surpassing the previous record of 21 and exhausting the list of official names for storms. Three of the storms that struck the U.S. mainland, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, were extraordinary in the amount of casualties and damage they caused.

10 DEADLIEST U.S. STORMS

  1. GALVESTON, TEXAS 1900
  2. FLORIDA 1928
  3. HURRICANE KATRINA 2005
  4. FLORIDA KEYS 1935
  5. HURRICANE AUDREY 1957
  6. SOUTHEAST U.S. 1926
  7. LOUISIANA 1909
  8. ATLANTIC-GULF 1919
  9. LOUISIANA 1915
  10. GALVESTON, TEXAS 1915

The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, the Galveston hurricane of 1900 is estimated to have killed between 8,000 and 12,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane struck on September 8, 1900, leveling 12 city blocks, nearly three-quarters of the island city of Galveston, Texas.

10 MOST EXPENSIVE U.S. STORMS

  1. HURRICANE KATRINA
  2. HURRICANE ANDREW
  3. HURRICANE IKE
  4. HURRICANE WILMA
  5. HURRICANE RITA
  6. HURRICANE CHARLEY
  7. HURRICANE IVAN
  8. HURRICANE HUGO
  9. HURRICANE FRANCES
  10. HURRICANE JEANNE
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  12. Katrina became the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, surpassing Hurricane Andrew, which caused $26 billion in damages in 1992. The American Insurance Services Group estimated Katrina caused $38.1 billion in insured losses. According to the National Hurricane Center, a preliminary estimate of the total damage is roughly twice the insured losses -- putting Katrina at an estimated $75 billion. Thousands of homes in New Orleans were destroyed, the nation's oil refining capacity was disrupted, and the tourism-dependent coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi were severely damaged. Katrina also was the third deadliest hurricane to hit the United States since 1900, directly or indirectly causing at least 1,336 deaths.

TOP 10 MOST INTENSE U.S. STORMS

  1. FLORIDA KEYS 1935
  2. HURRICANE CAMILLE
  3. HURRICANE KATRINA
  4. HURRICANE ANDREW
  5. FLORIDA AND TEXAS 1919
  6. LAKE OKEECHOBEE 1928
  7. HURRICANE DONNA
  8. (tie) LOUISIANA 1915
  9. (tie) HURRICANE CARLA
  10. HURRICANE HUGO

The most powerful recorded storm to strike the continental United States, this Category 5 hurricane -- called the "Great Labor Day" hurricane -- had 26.35 inches of pressure at landfall.


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