Top Ten Worst Hurricanes

The Top Ten

1 Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Katrina DID NOT tie with Harvey for the costliest. If you adjust it for inflation, Katrina's cost is $160 billion.

The WORST.

I was in Long Beach, MS when this hurricane hit. My house was about 200 feet from the water. My dad didn't think it was gonna be bad, ha! We almost died in our attic, and my neighbors drowned. I was only two when this storm hit the gulf coast, and I still remember my dad waking me up, before the storm, and water rushing in the house. My house actually collapsed, on the left side, but my dad's tractor held it up. If it wasn't for that tractor, I would be dead. Hurricane Katrina was the worst experience of my life.

The person below me, that is terrible!, poor guy. also the New Orleans saints almost folded as a team.

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2 Hurricane Harvey, 2017

This storm tied Katrina as the costliest Atlantic hurricane. It deserved retirement. - InfinateSuperstorm

Nope, InfinateSuperstorm. If you adjust it for inflation, Katrina's cost is $160 billion.

Could be worse than Katrina.

What was bad about Harvey is the fact that it stayed in place for days, dumping over 50 inches of rain over Houston and surrounding areas. The costliest hurricane in the US since Katrina - PackFan2005

Hurricane Mitch in 1998 did the exact same thing. Staying in place for days and dumping water, except with Mitch it was 75 inches of rain. - SurcaneWolf

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3 Hurricane Irma, 2017

Also, Irma only made landfall as a low Category 4 on the Keys, 2 days and 7 hours after its final time at 185 mph strength. While there was a lot of flooding, a lot of fear and many lives ruined, there have, believe it or not, been worse. - ICader

Irma wast the worst storm in the world

I'm in Florida and it's here this has got to be a cat 5 I got a direct but

Florida is going to be battered cat 5 180 mph and where I live is going to get a direct hit

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4 Hurricane Andrew, 1992

Don't know much of what happened, but the evacuation was bad in my area, and I think one area took a long time to recover, but I'm not completely sure. - DBG_Circuit

It's sad because my name is Andrew. I really hate when people tease me about this.

Cat 4
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

THE Worst ever.I want to here about it

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5 Hurricane Maria, 2017

The worst hurricane ever to affect Dominica and Puerto Rico. - InfinateSuperstorm

No power for over two months in my case (although I know people who didn't have power for 156 days, literally), no water running for almost the same time (and when we actually got it, we were forced to reduce its use due rationing) and no signal in most of the island (my family and I actually had to drive to another town for signal to communicate with our loved ones). In my case I was able to get full signal back in about a month because we moved. We actually had to move because where we used to live was devastated plus getting actual food was impossible. My family and I ate canned saussages for weeks because there was nothing else. Ice was impossible to get and the lines for it (like the ones for getting gasoline) were infinite. We literally had to drive there at midnight to try and be the first one there and somehow there was *always* someone there already. We spent literally half a day on a line just for fuel and food. It was horrible.

Due to hurricane Maria causing the flu outbreak in the us, it should be number 1

Hurricane Maria: voted 5th worst hurricane, killed 3,057 people and caused 91.61 billion dollars in Puerto Rico, which is US TERRITORY

Hurricane Irma: voted 3rd worst hurricane, killed 134 people and caused 64.76 billion dollars in US

Hurricane harvey: voted 2nd worst hurricane, killed 107 people and caused 107 billion dollars in US (ok maybe the billions of dollars but STILL)

Can someone explain to me the logic of that?

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6 Hurricane Mitch, 1998

11,000+ dead in Central America. - Vancedapurpleguy

7 The Great Galveston Hurricane, 1900

INDUBITABLY the deadliest and CLEARLY the worst hurricane EVER! It changed Galveston's history forever, and killed an estimated 8,000 PEOPLE! While Katrina cost the most out of any hurricane ever, and though 2,000 people died in Katrina, making it overall worse, one could argue that life is invaluable, therefore superceding any financial loss. - ICader

The Great Hurricane of 1780 was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane ever. The Galveston Hurricane is the third deadliest. The second deadliest it 1998's Hurricane Mitch. - InfinateSuperstorm

How is this not number one? It was the most deadliest hurricane in history!

This one should be at #1

Should be #1 all the way

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8 Hurricane Sandy, 2013

I was in my apartment when this happened I was just two washing trees fall in cars. Half of New York City's power got wiped out

I survived huricane sandy

Hurricane Sandy was in 2012, not 2013 - NicholasYellow

I was celebrating the Fourth of July, then there was a bunch of wind and we ran inside and stayed there until we left later that day, and there was still storms.

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9 Hurricane Florence, 2018

May have been a Cat. 1 at landfall, but it's stalled, like Harvey, and it's killed around 20 people so far.

Killed 48 people, did 38 billion damage

10 Hurricane Michael, 2018

I was 9 when this happened. And my family DROVE THRU A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE. - mcdonalds_sucks

UPDATE: It was a cat. 5 - mcdonalds_sucks

Basically a Category 4 version of Andrew. - Vancedapurpleguy

While Andrew and Irma were worse for Florida as a whole, Michael was the worst storm to affect the areas it destroyed. - InfinateSuperstorm

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The Contenders

11 Hurricane Rita, 2005

Cat 3
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

12 Hurricane Patricia, 2015

The largest and strongest hurricane on this list. It was called a Super Hurricane. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

It was the strongest hurricane but definitely not the largest

Where is typhoon TIp? But yeah, I think hurricane patricia is the worst east of the western hemisphere. Cat 5. 200 mph winds, 872 hectopascal pressure. I would NOT want to be in a pacific hurricane as strong as that

Cat 5
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

13 Hurricane Ike, 2008

This hurricane hit Houston head on as a cat 2-3 and since it was my first hurricane it was kinda scary. The worst parts? It struck us all at night and there were these winds that sounded just like high squealing (pich of noise) tornadoes all around were I live, sounding not to far away at all and boring down on me as I sat there listening to them. Yeah sure it was very cool to get to be in a hurricane but now since Harvey is here I kinda don't want to be in a hurricane or very near one ever again. Sucks. Truly does. Plus the worst thing is that Everyone goes ballistic with, "oh no! The world is ending! " Crap. -_-

14 Hurricane David, 1979

2,000+ dead in the Caribbean. The WMO made a great choice retiring this name, though I'm not a huge fan of it's replacement, Danny (no offense intended). - Vancedapurpleguy

It's death toll was horrible. - InfinateSuperstorm

Part of the first time we alternated between male and female names.

15 The Great Hurricane of 1780

This was worse than the Galveston hurricane and Hurricane Mitch. - Vancedapurpleguy

The deadliest hurricane in the Atlantic basin. Estimated 22,000 to 27,000 fatalities. - InfinateSuperstorm

16 Hurricane Dorian, 2019

I was in abaco when dorian I rank it at number 3 or 2 or 4 or 1

Everything on Abaco Island is pretty much destroyed...

17 Hurricane Hazel, 1954

Could have killed up to 1,000+ people. - Vancedapurpleguy

Cat. 5.
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

18 Hurricane Gilbert, 1988

funny name - mcdonalds_sucks

200+ dead in Mexico. - Vancedapurpleguy

This should be on the top 3!

Cat 5
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

19 Hurricane Hugo, 1989

Hurricane Hugo was a very devastating hurricane

Cat 3
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

20 Hurricane Nate, 2017

Costliest hurricane to hit Costa Rica, even if Joan was worse for the country at the time. - Vancedapurpleguy

21 Hurricane Camille, 1969

the winds - Spiritualsavedboy

22 Hurricane Wilma, 2005 Hurricane Wilma, 2005

The most intense hurricane in the Atlantic basin. - InfinateSuperstorm

23 Hurricane Iniki, 1992
24 Hurricane Ivan, 2004

Easily the most destructive storm of 2004 in terms of damage caused and how widespread it was. Although can someone add Jeanne of 2004 as well? She killed over 3,000 people in Haiti alone.

25 Hurricane Matthew, 2016

This fudgeing storm is crazy

26 Hurricane Isabel, 2003

Hurricane Isabel was one of the most costlist hurricane of all time. At winds up to 168 mph. It hit over 20 citys.

27 Hurricane Ingrid, 2013

This storm should've been named Hurricane Ingrid Newkirk, cause that's what she is: a destructive hurricane. - SurcaneWolf

This name was retired.

28 Hurricane Joaquin, 2015

It was basically retired for sinking the SS El Faro. - Vancedapurpleguy

Cat 4
If you were in this hurricane, let me know what it was like, I've always wanted to know.

29 Hurricane Joan-Miriam, 1988

Killed 200 - 300 in Central America and happened 10 years before Mitch (the worst hurricane ever to hit Central America). - Vancedapurpleguy

Devastated Central America. - InfinateSuperstorm

30 Hurricane Diane, 1955
31 San Felipe - Okeechobee Hurricane, 1928

It was a bad one

32 Norfolk - Long Island Hurricane, 1821
33 Hurricane Audrey, 1957
34 Hurricane Connie, 1955

So bad the name was retired after it

35 Hurricane Frederic, 1979
36 Hurricane Pauline, 1997

Probably the most underrated storm on the list. Killed hundreds of people in Mexico.

It should certainly be higher than Klaus, a storm that basically did nothing to deserve retirement. - InfinateSuperstorm

37 Hurricane Charley, 2004
38 Hurricane Agnes, 1972
39 Hurricane Otto, 2016
40 Hurricane Hermine, 2016

One of the worst ones to hit my beautiful Georgia I had no power for two days bizzare a cat 4 when it hit me

Nothing will be worse than the 1893 Sea Islands hurricane for Georgia. - Vancedapurpleguy

41 Hurricane Isaac, 2018
42 Hurricane Ophelia, 2017 Hurricane Ophelia, 2017

Why is this on here? Only 6 deaths and just $65.3 million in damages. Doesn't compare to Maria that same year, which killed 3,057 and caused $91.61 billion in damages. - Vancedapurpleguy

43 Long Island Express, 1938
44 Labor Day Hurricane, 1935
45 The Great Miami Hurricane, 1926
46 Indianola Hurricane, 1886
47 Great Atlantic Hurricane, 1944
48 New York Hurricane, 1893
49 Hurricane Carol, 1954
50 Galveston Hurricane, 1915

Yes, there was another Galveston Hurricane that happened 15 years after the first one. This storm was another Category 4 storm that struck Galveston, killing around 400 people and causing $36 million in damages (1915 USD). - InfinateSuperstorm

Not the same one from 1900.

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