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Broken windows, power outages, and beach erosion: all are common signs of hurricane destruction! If you were in Joaquin’s path this season, you may have seen the damage a hurricane causes, but Joaquin doesn’t begin to compare to these deadly, land sweepers!

5. Sea Islands Hurricane of 1893

  • 2,000 deaths.
  • Category 3 Hurricane.
  • The first targeted Savannah, GA Storm.
  • Surge of almost 16 ft.
  • Destroyed almost every building on the barrier islands.
  • 30,000 left homeless.

4. Cheniere Caminanda Hurricane of 1893

  • 2,000 killed.
  • Category 4 Hurricane.
  • Winds reached 135 MPH.
  • Impacted homes from New Orleans to Alabama.

3. Hurricane Katrina of 2005

  • 1,800 died.
  • Mississippi, South East Lousiana, and Alabama coast left with damage.
  • Levees protecting New Orleans failed.
  • New Orleans was left under 20 ft. of water.
  • New Orleans’ population drastically declined.

2. Hurricane of Lake Okechobee, 1928

  • 3,000 killed.
  • The majority of people died by drowning.
  • Category 5 Hurricane.
  • The storm surge caused lake Okechobee to overflow.
  • The area was left under 10 to 15 feet of water.
  • Wind speeds up to 140 MPH.

1. “The Great Galveston” of 1900

  • 12,000 people died.
  • Category 4 Hurricane.
  • South, East, and West sides of Galveston, Texas were destroyed.
  • Storm surge of 15 ft.
  • Destroyed up to five blocks inland.
  • 3,500 buildings were destroyed.

Hurricanes have been recorded as malicious storms since the late 1800’s. Almost 80 years stood between the Hurricane of Lake Okechobee and Hurricane Katrina, two of our top five deadliest hurricanes. You never know when the next massive storm is going to hit the United States and leave people scrounging to find protection from massive winds and flooding.

It’s best to always prepare yourself for the possibility of tormenting, severe, hurricane weather, instead of waiting to see what happens. During this season stay informed of rough tropical storm conditions that could develop into the next big hurricane.