Hurricane and Tropical Cyclones

The 30 Deadliest US Hurricanes / Tropical Cyclones (1851 - 2006)

Rank Name Year Category Deaths
1. Great Galveston Hurricane (TX) 1900 4 8000
2. FL (Lake Okeechobee) 1928 4 2500
3. Katrina (LA/MS/FL/GA/AL) 2005 3 1200
4. Cheniere Caminanda (LA) 1893 4 1100-1400
5. Sea Islands (SC/GA) 1893 3 1000-2000
6. GA/SC 1881 2 700
7. Audrey (SW LA/N TX) 1957 4 416
8. Great Labor Day Hurricane (FL Keys) 1935 5 408
9. Last Island (LA) 1856 4 400
10. Miami Hurricane (FL/MS/AL/Pensacola) 1926 4 372
11. LA (Grand Isle) 1909 4 350
12. FL (Keys)/S. TX 1919 4 287#
13.. LA (New Orleans) 1915 4 275
13. TX (Galveston) 1915 4 275
15. Camille (MS/LA) 1969 5 256
15.. New England 1938 3* 256
17. Diane (NE U.S.) 1955 1 184
18. GA, SC, NC 1898 4 179
19. TX 1875 3 176
20. SE FL 1906 2 164
21. Indianola (TX) 1886 4 150
22. MS/AL/Pensacola 1906 3 134
23. FL, GA, SC 1896 3 130
24. Agnes (NE U.S.) 1972 1 122
25. Hazel (SC/NC) 1954 4* 95
26. Betsy (SE FL/SE LA) 1965 3 75
27. Great Atlantic Hurricane 1944 3* 64@
28. Carol (NE U.S.) 1954 3* 60
29. Floyd (NC) 1999 4 56
30. NC 1883 2 53
ADDENDUM (Not U.S. Mainland Atlantic Coast):
2. San Ciriaco (Puerto Rico) 1899 3 3369
6. San Narcico (Puerto Rico, V.I.) 1867 3 811
6. San Lorenzo (Puerto Rico) 1852 1 800
12. San Felipe (Puerto Rico) 1928 5 312
17. U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico 1932 2 225
25. Donna (St. Thomas, VI) 1960 4 107
25. San Gil (Puerto Rico) 1888 1 100
# - Over 500 of these lost on ships at sea; 600-900 estimated deaths.
* - Moving more than 30 miles an hour.
@ - Some 344 of these lost on ships at sea.
& - Only of Tropical Storm intensity.

Source: The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones From 1851 to 2006, updated April, 2007.

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National Hurricane Center Publication: The Deadliest Atlantic Tropical Cyclones, 1492 - 1996

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