The Deadliest Hurricanes in U.S. History Revisited
Most hurricanes, thankfully, cause minimal damage. Some tree branches fall to the ground, electricity is disrupted, things are a bit muddy afterwards, and everyone’s car gets a good bath. Sometimes, however, a category 4 or 5 monster roars into our coastline. The result is devastation and headlines for weeks to come. So which hurricanes caused the most casualties and have a special place in American history books?
The Deadliest American Hurricanes
- Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900 – Even after all this time, this category 4 storm from more than 100 years ago still ranks at the top of the list. It killed approximately 8,000 people, although that number could be higher. The storm was so disastrous that a 17-foot high seawall was built to protect Galveston against storm surges. More of the storm’s origin and effects can be read here.
- Florida in 1928 – Another category 4 hurricane struck Lake Okeechobee, killing 2,500 people. It formed off the coast of west Africa and then made its way across the Atlantic. It eventually landed near West Palm Beach, Florida, with the worst of its impact felt at Lake Okeechobee. Because of poor living conditions, poor migrant farm workers made up about 75% of the fatalities.
- Katrina in 2005 – No one will ever forget this storm. One amazing thing about Katrina is that it was only a category 3. Makes you wonder how bad it would have been if it had strengthened. One of America’s most devastating hurricanes claimed the lives of 1,800 people. It was also the costliest natural disaster in our history.
You can see more of the list here.
So why are there thankfully fewer deaths these days? The storms haven’t necessarily changed, because nature will always be nature. We simply have a better warning system, and most people are able to evacuate in time. The danger from hurricanes should never be underestimated. Remember that if you have any questions about preparing your home for hurricane season, please call Electricity Express at 855-781-6970. We will always be ready to help you protect your family and home.