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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 1969 — New Orleans: This September 1969 storm will never be fully measured as it’s strength destroyed the instruments used to track it.
- 1992 — Miami: Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida, killing 26 people and damaging more than 100,000 homes.
- 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.