We’ve all heard stories and seen the aftermath of a powerful hurricane on TV, or maybe you’ve even experienced one yourself. Although we are fortunate to usually have several days warning that a vicious storm may be approaching, being truly prepared for the aftermath of a powerful hurricane like the Top 5 Costliest Hurricanes is almost impossible. Hurricanes strengthen, weaken, and make turns up until the last hours before making landfall. They are unpredictable.
Hurricanes can leave behind destruction and devastation, bringing with it massive financial costs. Some hurricanes leave behind more financial ruin than others.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 costliest Atlantic hurricanes.
1. Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina left behind an estimated $125 billion in damage in 2005. A Category 5 storm, Katrina is mostly remembered for its direct hit of New Orleans. It also hit other parts of Louisiana, South Florida, The Bahamas, Eastern Canada, the United States Gulf Coast, and the northeast.
2. Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey ties Katrina financially with an estimated $125 billion in damage. A Category 4 storm, Harvey affected Louisiana, Texas, Central America, South America, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean in 2017.
3. Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria impacted the United States’ east coast, Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, the Greater Antilles, and the Caribbean Sea in 2017. A Category 4 storm, Maria left behind and estimated $91.6 billion in damages.
4. Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall in 2012. The storm left behind devastation in the Caribbean, Eastern Canada, and the United States’ East Coast. The estimated total costs after Hurricane Sandy were $68.7 billion.
5. Hurricane Irma.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma left behind and estimated $64.8 billion in damages. This category 5 hurricane impacted the Lesser Antilles, the Grater Antilles, the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern United States.
Costs from hurricanes are varied and include repairs from roads, port and rail line damage, increases in gas prices, unemployment increases, bridge infrastructure, crop damage, power lines, structural damage to homes and businesses, and more.
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