Top 10 Most HORRIFYING Hurricanes to Ever Hit the U.S. 

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Hurricane Irene

  • Year: 2011
  • Damage: $16 billion
  • Intensity: Category 3
  • Places affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada

According to experts, Hurricane Irene was the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2011 season and the 8th most destructive hurricane in the United States history. Unfortunately, this hurricane severely affected the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States in August 2011. The first landfall of Irene was in St. Croix and the second in Puerto Rico. 

However, after four landfalls in the Bahamas, the average wind speed of Hurricane Irene was 120 mph (190 km/h), achieving the Category 3 status on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. This is more proof that moderate intensity hurricanes can wreak havoc, especially as the estimated damage was $16 billion and it caused more than 56 deaths. It occurred on August 20 and dissipated on August 29. 


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Hurricane Ivan

  • Year: 2004
  • Damage: $35 billion
  • Intensity: Category 5
  • Places affected: The Caribbean, Venezuela, United States Gulf Coast

According to experts, Hurricane Ivan was the 4th major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. It reached Category 5 strength on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale and severely affected Cuba and other regions in the United States, but also caused terrible cataclysms as a Category 3 storm in Grenada and a Category 4 in Jamaica. 

Researchers say that Hurricane Ivan caused an estimated $35 billion in damage, of which $20.5 billion occurred in the United States. So, being one of the most dangerous Atlantic hurricanes to ever occur, it had a huge impact on people’s lives, namely that – besides that it destroyed their houses and other belongings – it took 64 lives in the Caribbean, 3 in Venezuela, 25 in the United States, including 14 in Florida, plus another 32 indirect deaths in the United States.

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