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Deadliest Hurricanes in the United States (U.S. Mainland)1

Rank Hurricane Year Category2 Deaths
1. Galveston, Tex. 1900 4 8,0003
2. Lake Okeechobee, Fla. 1928 4 2,500
3. Katrina (La./Miss.) 2005 3 1,8004
4. Florida Keys/S. Tex. 1919 4 6005
5. New England 1938 3 600
6. Florida Keys 1935 5 408
7. Audrey (SW La./N. Tex.) 1957 4 390
8. NE U.S. 1944 3 3906
9. Grand Isle, La. 1909 4 350
10. New Orleans, La. 1915 4 275
10. Galveston, Tex. 1915 4 275
1. 1900–2013.
2. At landfall. Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale: Cat. 1 = weak; Cat. 5 = devastating.
3. May actually have been as high as 10,000 to 12,000.
4. Approximated.
5. Over 500 of these lost on ships at sea; 600–900 estimated deaths.
6. Some 344 of these lost on ships at sea.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Costliest Hurricanes in the United States (U.S. Mainland) Weather Climate of 100 Selected U.S. Cities

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