The 5 Deadliest Hurricanes to Hit the US Since 1900

Here is a look at the National Hurricane Center's ranking of the deadliest storms to hit the U.S. since 1900:

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An elderly woman in an apron and bonnet stands in front of a house, which was hit by a boat when Hurricane Audrey struck Louisiana.
A typical scene at Long Key, Florida, where wind with estimated velocity of 165 miles an hour swept the cluster of homes in early September, 1935, destroying buildings and uprooting trees all before it left a trail of death in many parts of Florida. Four hundred and eight people died from the storm, which swept up the East Coast after devastating the Keys.
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An elderly woman stands in front of a house that was hit by a boat when Hurricane Audrey struck Louisiana in late June 1957. Storm surges between eight and 12 feet penetrated as far inland as 25 miles, and the storm left 418 dead, with an economic cost of about $150 million.
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A New Orleans highway is shown flooded, weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, on September 11, 2005. The costliest hurricane in American history and the third deadliest, Katrina devastated large parts of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast when it hit the area August 29. (It had already crossed South Florida days before.) The Category 3 storm breached levees that protected New Orleans, which is roughly 70 percent below sea level, causing catastrophic flooding. Roughly 1,200 people died, leaving devastation that the region took years to recover from.
A recently erected fence surrounds the mass grave of 674 black victims of the San Felipe-Okeechobee Hurricane of September 1928. Lake Okeechobee surged up to nine feet when the monster storm struck the area, after churning through many of the islands of the Caribbean. That storm surge was responsible for most of the roughly 1,800 people killed in Florida; the death toll stood at 2,500, including about 300 in Puerto Rico.
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The deadliest weather-related disaster in U.S. history, the Category 4 hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900, claimed an estimated 8,000 lives. High storm tides were responsible for most of the deaths, with surges up to 15 feet inundating all of Galveston Island. NOAA reports that the damage was estimated at $30 million at the time.
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Included as an addendum to this list is Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power and water to the island of Puerto Rico and caused widespread flooding that left many sick and elderly people unable to get medical treatment. In this file photo taken about two weeks after Maria hit the U.S. territory, San Isidro resident Mirian Medina stands on the wreckage of her home on October 5, 2017. In the weeks after the storm, Puerto Rican officials said the storm directly caused 64 deaths, many in landslides or flooding. On Aug. 28, 2018, Puerto Rico's governor raised the U.S. territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.
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