Waiting for Irene? Check out these Hurricane Statistics

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a technical memorandum listing the deadliest tropical cyclones in the US during 1851-2010 and the costliest tropical cyclones in the U.S. during 1900-2010.

A look at the lists of deadliest and costliest hurricanes reveals several striking facts: (1) Fourteen out of the fifteen deadliest hurricanes were of category 3 or higher intensity. (2) Large death totals were primarily a result of the 10 feet or greater rise of the ocean (storm surge) associated with many of these major hurricanes. (3) A large portion of the damage in some of costliest tropical cyclones (Table 3a) resulted from inland floods caused by torrential rain (e.g. Agnes of 1972). (4) One-third of the 30 deadliest hurricanes were category 4 or higher. (5) Only seven of the deadliest hurricanes occurred during the past 25 years, while over two-thirds of the costliest hurricanes occurred during the same period.

Hurricane Katrina (a catagory 3) was the 3rd deadliest hurricane causing 2500 deaths. A hurricane that occurred in 1900 in Galveston, Texas was the most deadliest, killing at least 8000 people. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest causing damages of $108,000,000,000.

Check out the entire report for more facts.


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