The Ten Costliest US Hurricanes
The Ten Worst Hurricanes As Measured By Cost
(all figures are in adjusted dollars)
The most destructive hurricane in US History caused an estimated $100 – $200 billion in damage.
August 24 – 28, 1992
Florida and Louisiana
A Category 4 when it hit Florida, Hurricane Andrew hit Louisiana as a Category 3. Andrew caused an estimated $43.672 billion in damages.
August 13 – 14, 2004
Although a relatively small hurricane, Charley was very intense, causing $15 billion in damage.
September 16 – 24, 2004
Southeastern United States
Hurricane Ivan hit Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 16, producing more than 100 tornados and flooding across the American southeast. The remnants of the storm hit the Delmarva Peninsula on the 18th, where it picked up speed, passed back down the coast, became a tropical storm again in the Gulf and then hit Louisiana as a tropical depression. Ivan left $14.2 billion in damage in its wake.
September 22, 1989
Charleston, South Carolina
A Category 4, Hurricane Hugo caused $12.25 billion in damages.
June 19 – 25, 1972
South and North Eastern United States
Although a Category 1, and at other times not even a hurricane at all, Agnes carved an $11.2 billion path of destruction from the Florida Panhandle to New York, New York. Most of the damage came from heavy rains.
September 7 – 9, 1965
Southeast Florida, Southeast Louisiana
Falling just short of being classified as a Category 5, Betsy struck the Florida Keys on the 7th, and New Orleans on the 9th. Flooding from the storm breached the levees in New Orleans, leaving the city flooded for ten days. Betsy is also called “Billion Dollar Betsy” because it was the first to cause a billion dollars in damage. In today’s dollars, the total would be $10.79 billion.
September 5, 2004
Frances was a Category 2 that caused $8.9 billion in damage.
August 17 – 22, 1969
Mississippi, SE Louisiana, Virginia
Camille, a Category 5, was the second most intense Hurricane ever to hit the United States. The final windspeed will never be known because all measuring devices were destroyed. Storm tides, winds, and flash flooding caused by the storm in West Virginia and Virginia caused $8.8 billion in damages.
August 17 – 19, 1955
Northeast coast from Virginia to New York
Diane, along with her sister storm, Connie, which hit the same areas just five days earlier, caused $6.9 billion in damage. Most of the damage was caused by flooding.