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

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Hurricane Ike

  •  Year: 2008
  • Damage: $38 billion
  • Intensity: Category 4
  • Places affected: Greater Antilles, Texas, Louisiana, Midwestern United States, Eastern Canada, Iceland

Hurricane Ike occurred in September 2008, wreaking major havoc especially in Cuba and Texas. It seems that Ike was the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States and also the third most destructive hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. 

Hurricane Ike was responsible for causing at least 195 deaths and the total damage was estimated at about $38 billion. Ike peaked with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (233 km/h), making it a Category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.


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Hurricane Sandy

  • Year: 2012
  • Damage: $68.7 billion
  • Intensity: Category 3
  • Places affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada

According to specialists, Hurricane Sandy is the second most destructive hurricane in United States history. 

Even though it was a Category 3 hurricane, reaching a maximum sustained wind of 110 mph (175 km/h) when it made landfall in Cuba, it was also one of the most destructive hurricanes in America, proving that the category doesn’t always define its power and potential. In other words, it seems that moderate intensity hurricanes are usually the ones that create terrible catastrophes. 

For example, among other regions, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 US states, destroyed a lot of buildings and houses, flooded streets, tunnels and subway lines, cut off power everywhere, caused more than 286 deaths. Sandy caused more than $68.7 billion in damages.

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