10 costliest US hurricanes

With hurricane season about to start, we look back on the worst storms to hit the United States, as ranked by insured property losses.

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May 15, 2013 6:57AM
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Camille (1969) is still the worst, in my book.  Would have wiped NYC/NJ off the freaking map, including all the over-priced second and third homes and rental properties.  NOLA was only on the very fringe of Katrina, but gobbled 100% of media attention.  Pass Christian/Bay St. Louis, MS was 'ground zero' of Katrina landfall... heartiest residents, who were quick to recover and help one another, instead of raping, robbing, shooting and demanding federal aid.
May 10, 2013 5:42PM
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I'm a Florida resident praying for an uneventful season
May 15, 2013 7:52AM
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Wow, It's amazing that when they talk about costly they don't take into account loss of life. That would be the most costly of all. Sure Sandy was costly; it hit an extremely wealthy and densely populated area, as far as damaged property of coarse it would be ranked high, but as far as a hurricane, it was weak.

 

Why not add the hurricane that hit Galveston Texas in 1900 that cost 12000 lives, or the Lake Okeechobee, FL Hurricane in 1920's that cost 3000 lives. These storms where 30 M and 100 M storms respectively, which at the rate of inflation from then to now would far surpass cost on any storm today. These were the most costly storms in US history with Katrina in at a solid 3rd place with 1200 lives and 108 B in dollar amount. Sandy wouldn't even make the top 10 if this list were done adding the cost of human life above property.

May 9, 2013 10:49PM
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What about Hurricane Camille that hit Biloxi MS in 1969?  That was on par with Andrew that hit Florida in 1992..  
May 15, 2013 7:33AM
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Obama with a PEN IN HIS HAND, is much more dangerous than any hurricane, any tornado, any forest fire, any flood, etc.....   Normally, a flood, a fire, a tornado, or a hurricane affects a certain area or region of the country.  An area, or region, can be rebuilt.  With Obama.....  he is destroying the entire United States of America.  One thing is for sure, when The Communist Party USA endorsed, and supported, him in both 2008 and 2012, they knew exactly what they were doing.  He has made them proud.
May 15, 2013 9:12AM
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The only reason Katrina hit the highest cost was the huge demand of money dished out to folks that didnt have enough common sense to leave... give give give me money... Thats what you get when a hurricane hits a high poverty area...
May 15, 2013 9:47AM
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They're talking specifically in terms of cost. The value of life is immeasurable. I'm born and raised in South Florida (Broward County). I've been through 5 of the 10 hurricanes they've listed. Andrew flooded us for a week and had us without power for 2 weeks. Wilma took our roof. Katrina flooded us and when we saw the monster it had become on it's way to Louisiana; the devastation that was to come knowing it was nothing that could be done...was heartbreaking.

 

At the end of the day, it's all about LEAVING WHEN THEY TELL YOU. STOP ASSUMING THAT NOTHING CAN BE WORSE THAN BECAUSE IT CAN! The cost of living and value of things post Camile, or Carol or some of the others mentioned can be adjusted for inflation...but at the end of the day if you made it through virtually unscathed, then thank God for your covering; pray for those who weren't and keep on living.

 

And for the idiots who took the opportunity to once again bring politics into this about a communist country, please make sure your passport is up to date and evacuate IMMEDIATELY!

May 15, 2013 9:00AM
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So Sandy was a  tropical cyclone when it hit?  I thought it was a small Cat 2.  The pus*ies up north call that a super storm?  I went through Camille (as a baby), Hugo (when I was in the USAF), and Andrew.  Stop whining about a tropical cyclone.  And stop calling it a super storm you weak **** bitches.
May 15, 2013 3:21AM
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Katrina was not a Category 5 when it made landfall, was only a 2. New Orleans was lucky it wasn't that strong of a storm...just that vulnerable a location...
May 15, 2013 7:30AM
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All these numbers are in today's inflationary dollars.  Hurricane Carol in 1954 was the costliest hurricane in history at that time; in today's money, that amounts to 27 billion.    It was no picnic living through it..
May 15, 2013 4:09AM
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Anyone notice that Hurricanes as well as nor-easters have become much stronger & more numerous in recent years?
May 15, 2013 8:46AM
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I lived by Country Walk in Dade County Florida when we were hit by Andrew.  My husband and I had not taken a vacation in 10 years since the kids.  He was under such stress that the doctor told him to take a vacation.  We did and Andrew surprised us and took our home.  Want to talk about stress!!  we were on a cruise which turned out to be the vacation from hell.  Everyone was in line to call home from the ships phones at $17.00 per minute.  My daughters were with my mother in-law at the Florida Keys (which was the first place they evacuated) and my little had a fever of 105.  My mother-in-law almost had to take her to the hospital and weather the storm there, thank God her fever came down. 

The ordeal started when we came home and had to access the situation.



May 15, 2013 12:41PM
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All but two of these were since 2000. That's frightening. Don't call it global warming , call it climate change.

Surprised not to see the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. 6000 people died, destroyed everything. In $ today it has to rank up there and no other in US history killed as many. I guess its the insurance ranking that kept it off.

May 15, 2013 12:40PM
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Lol and Hahahaha - that is nothing near to what the "con"gress and this administration cost per hour. And then; you have the gall to print this S and try to distract the people that windstorm insurance is going up, because, like everything else, the funds were stolen. Remember people - 40 BILLION in money sent to New Orleans is still missing.Tell every level of government (local - state - federal - UN - whoever) to stick their taxes - fees - insurance premiums - etc - and whatever - up their collective A's
May 10, 2013 8:15AM
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I know that the group that studies hurricanes, tornados know how it starts so why don't they confront the insurance industry for funding to find a way to stop these hurricanes from causing major destruction. In the long run the insurance industry would not have to pay for repairs for this kind of damage and hopefully saving money for the consumer
May 15, 2013 1:08PM
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It's amazing that with both the frequency and the boldness of these storms that we don't recognize  GODS' hand which is in response to our treatment of Israel. When ever we put pressure on Israel to stop building in the East of Jerusalem (their Covenant land) or in other ways harass Israel, GODS hand gives us a good slap in the face!!

 

All documented in John P.  McTernan's book "As America Has Done To Israel" WAKE UP AMERICA!!

May 10, 2013 2:11AM
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I swam through Katrina... it was horrific. Mostly because I knew it was just the beginning. The weather has already proved for the past ten years it's going to get much worse.
May 15, 2013 10:36AM
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Are horrific weather phenomena the new wars? 

Now that geoengineering is commonplace and nearly perfected, I wonder if these 'superstorms" are just a way to keep people working and busy. 

Or, perhaps, they are just another weapon and we are the practice arena?
May 15, 2013 10:18AM
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Glad you bought up Hurricane Camille & Andrew. You got to know that both of these were told by our top USA prophet and evangelist David Terrell.  For Camille, he warned them all down there and local church ministers said - don't fear. So, they didn't evacuate. The one church lost more than half their congregation. What did the minister do, he fled at the last minute to save his life. 

 

Andrew: Terrell had his revival tent sent up there and local officials forced him to take it down. He did but went on the steps at City Hall and told them that the worst storm you ever had will wipe this town. Later, recall they had to change loitering rules so the remaining populous had to live out of all make shift tents. 

 

There are a lot more - double warning on Katrina, etc. However, the worse was headed to Brownsville,TX and he was too close to the coast -180 mph winds but Jesus told him he was riding this storm. It turned to Mexico and died within a few hours before it hit land. After 50 years of this behavior, I know who to trust.

May 15, 2013 9:26AM
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You people are all misinformed because a storm personally touched you in  one way you think it was the worst.You seam to forget in 1992 Andrew was a class 5 storm when it hit south Miami and destroyed houses made of concrete block which was much stronger than those flimsy houses in N.J and N.Y. And Camille what a joke the hurricane did not do the damage your city was built below sea level what the hell do you expect, it was your dikes and bump failures that caused all the trouble not the raw strength of the storm. I went through Andrew and I saw the strength of the devil. Camille was another very bad storm when it hit mississippi. so I am kind of sick and tired of hearing about how bad N.Y. , N.J. and New Orleans  were hit.
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