Hurricane and Tropical Cyclones

The 10 Costliest U.S. Weather Disasters Since 1980

Rank Disaster Year Deaths Damage*
1. Hurricane Katrina (LA/MS/AL/FL) 2005 1833 $133,800,000,000
2. Midwest/Eastern U.S. Drought 1988 7,500 $71,200,000,000
3. Midwest/Eastern U.S. Drought 1980 10,000 $55,400,000,000
4. Hurricane Andrew (SE FL/SE LA) 1992 61 $40,000,000,000
5. Midwest Flooding 1993 48 $30,200,000,000
6. Hurricane Ike (TX/LA/MS) 2008 112 $27,000,000,000
7. Hurricane Wilma (FL) 2005 35 $17,100,000,000
8. Hurricane Rita (TX/LA) 2005 119 $17,100,000,000
9. Hurricane Charley (FL) 2004 35 $16,500,000,000
10. Hurricane Irene (Mid-Atlantic, New England) 2011 48 $15,800,000,000
11. Hurricane Hugo (SC) 1989 86 $15,300,000,000
12. Midwest Floods 2008 24 $15,000,000,000
13. Hurricane Ivan (FL/AL) 2004 57 $13,000,000,000
14. 30-State Drought 2002 0 $11,400,000,000

* - Adjusted to 2007 dollars on basis of U.S. Dept. of Commerce Implicit Price Deflator for Construction. Hurricane statistics are taken from the National Hurricane Center and adjusted to 2006 dollars.

Source: US National Climatic Data Center, Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters

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