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

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Hurricane Wilma

  • Year: 2005
  • Damage: $29 billion
  • Intensity: Category 5
  • Places affected: Greater Antilles, Central America, Florida

Experts say that Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the 6th major hurricane of them all, and the 4th Category 5 hurricane that caused terrible damage in the United States. 

That being said, it was shown that Wilma became a hurricane on October 18 and its intensity increased in less than 24 hours turning it into a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph (298 km/h). 

However, there were more than 52 deaths and the estimated damage was $29 billion, most of which occurred in the United States.

 

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Hurricane Andrew

  • Year: 1992
  • Damage: $45 billion
  • Intensity: Category 5 
  • Places affected: The Bahamas, Florida, Louisiana

Hurricane Andrew was one of the most powerful and destructive category 5 Atlantic hurricanes that severely affected the United States. It occurred in August 1992 and was the most devastating hurricane in Florida in terms of destroyed properties and the costliest of them all in that period, because this was the place where it made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane. Nevertheless, its wind speeds reached 165 mph (280 km/h). 

According to experts, Hurricane Andrew caused more than 65 deaths, destroyed at least 63,500 properties and damaged more than 124,000 buildings and the total damage was estimated at $45 billion.

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