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Forbes: 5 of the Worst Storms in U.S. History

Hurricane Andrew, Katrina among America's biggest disasters


Storm Clouds over NOLAThe hurricane that hit the northeastern United States this week is going to cause problems for weeks and possibly months. But how does Hurricane Sandy compare to the worst storms in American history?

Forbes has put together a list of 10 of the most devastating storms of all time. While non-scientific, the list merely shows the sheer scope of the impact major storms have had.

Here’s a look at five of the worst storms:

  1. 1900 — Galveston: This storm altered the course of Texas history. After suffering 6,000 deaths and more than $100 billion in damages, Houston would replace Galveston as the major port in Texas.
  2. 1960 — Florida Keys: This storm hit the keys, then went through central Florida before heading to the Atlantic only to turn and impact North Carolina as well.
  3. 1969 — New Orleans: This September 1969 storm will never be fully measured as it’s strength destroyed the instruments used to track it.
  4. 1992 — Miami: Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida, killing 26 people and damaging more than 100,000 homes.
  5. 2005 — New Orleans: Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and breached the levees that protected the city. 1,800 people died, and the storm did $145 billion in damages.

Forbes‘ full list can be viewed here.

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