The WRATH of Nature, The Five Worst Hurricanes to Hit The United States of America





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According to The National Hurricane Center, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Hurricane activity typically is at its highest, in late August and September when the temperatures aloft in the air, and the sea surface temperatures are the greatest.

According to Weather.com, from 1851 to 2013 there have been 875 hurricanes with 286 making U.S. landfall – that’s just a 33% chance of landfall. Typically, hurricanes quickly diminish after they make landfall because the storm system no longer has its source of warm ocean water. However, the remnants of a hurricane can still wreak havoc hundreds of miles from the coast.

Hurricanes are usually thought of as something that typically only Florida and the Gulf States experience, but this is definitely not the case. On September 19, 1938 a Category 3 hurricane savaged Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. And as recently as October 29, 2012, Category 1 Hurricane Sandy, slammed into New Jersey just south of Atlantic City in Brigantine.

While these two hurricanes had atypical landfall locations and were very bad, they did not make our top five list!
And now, here are the Far Out Five, Worst Hurricanes to hit The United States.

#5 – Hurricane Camille devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 18 and 19, 1969 as a Category 5 monster and, the second of three Category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. in the 20th century. While wind speeds were estimated at 200 mph, actual speeds will never be known because many weather stations were destroyed upon Camille’s landfall.

#4 – Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm ripped apart the southeastern tip of Florida on August 24, 1992. When you are in the bottom of the Florida peninsula, going north is easier said than done. Most of the damage was in Dade County. The devastation was especially extensive due to the large numbers of mobile and bolt-down prefabricated homes.

#3 – The 1926 Miami Hurricane goes down in the record books as representing an early start to The Great Depression. Of course, early warning systems were nonexistent and people did not know very much about the nature of hurricanes. Estimated as a Category 4 storm, the hurricane slammed into downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, and South Miami early on September 18.

It is hard to believe, but the residents did not know about the “eye” of a hurricane. When the eye passed over the city, residents mistakenly thought the storm had passed. It was actually just a 35 minute respite, as the worst was yet to come. A 10 foot storm surge moved on to Miami Beach.

The Red Cross reported that 372 people were killed and damages were estimated to be $105 million in 1926 dollars, or over $100 Billion in today’s dollars. This is a tragic example of how vulnerable people were that lived in coastal areas back in the good old days.

#2 – The 1900 Galveston Texas Hurricane was a tragedy almost beyond imagination. The Category 4 hurricane hit Galveston at full force on September 8, with wind speeds estimated at 145 mph. Galveston Island is only 26 miles long, is no more than three miles at its widest, and had an elevation of only 8.7 feet. With a storm surge of 15 feet, the entire island was washed over, knocking buildings off their foundations, with the heavy surf pounding the remains to bits.

Fatalities were estimated between 6,000 and 12,000, with the official count at approximately 8,000, making this the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.

And #1 – Hurricane Katrina. Even if you are a young teenager, you have no doubt heard about Category 5, Hurricane Katrina.
The 11th hurricane of 2015, Katrina kissed the southern tip of Florida in Miami-Dade County on August 25 and briefly deteriorated into a tropical storm. But as the storm moved over the very warm waters of the Gulf, it quickly grew into a Category 5 monster. By the time Katrina made its second landfall on August 29 in southeast Louisiana, it had weakened to ONLY a Category 3 hurricane.

Katrina killed 1,833 people, the highest number since the 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane. Overall, Katrina ranks as the deadliest hurricane since 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane, claiming 1,833 people.

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Scott Teeters, host & producer of Far Out Radio presents, The Far Out Five WORST HURRICANES In American History.

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36 thoughts on “The WRATH of Nature, The Five Worst Hurricanes to Hit The United States of America

  1. They say were are in for a more active season the summer of 2018. I've been through multiple hurricanes here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast___including Camille in 1969 and Katrina in 2005. Definitely NOT looking forward to this upcoming season.

  2. Worst for tx-Harvey
    Worst for flordia-Irma
    Worst for little islands near flordia-Irma and jose(they both wiped out two islands and the islands are now off the map)
    Katrina and jose went everywhere

  3. Well in NY opinion the Galveston hurricane could have been avoided but the us said "no we don't want your help" and well let me tell you the godamn storm hit Galveston like the way it was predicted

  4. There was a gust of 239 mph during Camille which was recorded from one of the freighters that was washed ashore by those powerful winds!!

  5. CONSTRUCTION AND WARNINGS decides WHICH ARE worst!! hurricanes that hit northern states have far more extensive damage because the buildings are not built for such storms because of the thought ONLY THE GULF COAST AND LOWER STATES LIKE FLORIDA are at risk…
    Also SANDY should of made the list. That was insane…I live in New Jersey THERE ARE STILL HOMES NOT FIXED FROM SANDY
    If Sandy or Katrina hit in 1926 Everybody would of died…

  6. Storms are fueled by heat. And if it keeps getting warmer, the storms are going to more frequent and more powerful. I'll probably live to see the first "hypercane"

  7. Patricia was the worst in history of great gavalston hurricane because hurricane Patricia technically broke both scales to measure hurricanes

  8. I really appreciate your work on this video, however, one of your facts was a bit off. In regards to Hurricane Ike in Galveston, it made landfall on Saturday September 13, 2008, not 2015 as stated in your video when discussing the great storm of 1900 that destroyed Galveston. Thank you again for your time and hard work on this video.
    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/?n=projects_ike08

  9. Katrina just got in first place because she broke the Levis. she would not be on the list if she hadn't broke the levis.

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