Top 5 Biggest Hurricanes in the USA


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1. The Great Galveston Hurricane

The Great Galveston Hurricane was known regionally as the Great Storm of 1900, was the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. It was a category 4.


2. Hurricane Camille

Hurricane Camille of 1969 had the highest wind speed at landfall, at an estimated 190 miles per hour when it struck the Mississippi coast. It was a category 5.


3. Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in September 2017. It is regarded as one of the worst natural disaster in recorded history to affect those islands and was also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Mitch in 1998.


4. The Okeechobee Hurricane

The Okeechobee hurricane of 1928, also known as the San Felipe Segundo hurricane, was one of the deadliest hurricanes in the recorded history of the North Atlantic basin; it was the fourth tropical cyclone, third hurricane, and only major hurricane of that year’s hurricane season. It was a Category 5.


5. Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina made landfall off the coast of Louisiana on August 29, 2005. It hit land as a Category 3 storm with winds reaching speeds as high as 120 miles per hour.