Which hurricane caused the most damage?

Strong winds, soaking rain and towering storm surges make hurricanes not only some of the most violent storms in the world, but also the “costliest natural disasters in the United States,” researchers reported in 2019 in the journal. PNAS (opens in new tab). However, ranking the most damaging hurricanes depends on the measure used: usually financial costs or lost lives.

According to economic accounting, 2005’s Hurricane Katrina usually tops the list (although models that adjust for economic growth put a 1926 storm in Miami first). Meanwhile, the deadliest hurricane hit the Caribbean in 1780, killing more than 22,000, Eric Jay Dolin, author of “A Furious Sky: The 500-Year History of America’s Hurricanes (opens in new tab)(2020, Liveright), told Live Science. (By definition, a “hurricane” is a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, while other parts of the world call these storms typhoons or cyclones — some of which were more deadly. .)

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