The super typhoon Sandy or Hurricane Sandy has caused panic, threats, and fears to the eastern part of the United States especially in Hawaii, after it became a tropical wave, and evolved into a hurricane on October 24, 2012. In fact, a warning was announced to the citizens in affected areas to stay safe, and if possible evacuate in order to avoid life threatening situation. It was such a relief when the hurricane warning has weakened from its level 2 positions, and as of the moment, it is no longer declared under the hurricane category. This is one of the natural disasters that would cause destruction to properties, animals, plants, and of course death to people. There are hurricane photos that have been captured by cameras, and even the emotions of those people who have witnessed and survive the tragic events of the hurricane effects in the history are wishing that it should not have happened, but it did. Know the causes of hurricanes from the series of storms that have hit the world in various nations. As a simple reminder, learn from these top 10 deadliest hurricanes in the world history, and how hurricanes devastatingly killed thousands of lives, and wracked homes.
10. Hurricane Andrew
Who would ever forget the depression that hit the Atlantic area in August of 1992 which was leveled as category 5 type of storm? It has killed 60 people and a total damage of $26.5 billion that affected Southern part of the United States, Bahamas, Louisiana, and South Florida. It was formed on August 26, 1992 and dissipated on August 28, 1992. It was indeed destructive, and it was the first time that a hurricane formation happened in Atlantic coastlines. It carried 175 mph (280 km/h) as the highest winds recorded that time, and at its lowest pressure at 922 mbar. It was also the costliest hurricane that destroyed the United States properties, and possessions. It has also resulted to series of crimes like thefts, and looting because of scarcity that people have experienced despite that there were assistance came from the Government of the United Kingdom, and other nations like Japan and Canada.
9. Hurricane Pauline
It was not just the strongest, but it was even one of the deadliest hurricanes that hit Mexico in 1997. It was formed while Pauline was moving away from Africa until it has reached the Pacific Ocean which begun on September 06, 1997. Hence, it had finally embodied into a hurricane Pauline. It has brought torrential rainfall in the coastline of Mexico, and it lasted for 5 days. The recorded strongest winds of this hurricane were 130 mph or 215 km/h and its lowest pressure 948 mbar. The fatalities that it had left were about 250 to 400 people and a total damage of $447.8 million which includes 10 thousands of houses destroyed leaving 300,000 people homeless. It has prevailed in the areas of Oaxaca, and Southwestern Guerrero.
8. 1935 Labor Day Hurricane
It was a dreadful day for the citizens of the United States when a level 5 1935 Labor Day Hurricane hit their place that caused demise of 400 to 600 people, wherein included to that figures were 200 veterans of the World War I. It has resulted to $6 million damages in areas like Bahamas, Big Bend, Florida Keys, Florida Panhandle, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. It carried 185mph winds and a lowest pressure of 892mb. There was indeed an extreme storm surge that intensively wrecked buildings, low-lying islands, and damages in some of the transportation routes. It was also the number disasters that left high-casualties and hardship to the people of America.
7. Hurricane Katrina
For the past 100 years, United States has experienced the most disturbing, and destructive types of hurricanes which was formed on August 23, 2005. The death toll has reached to 1,833 people leaving total damages of $108 billion that ravaged areas of Alabama, Bahamas, Cuba, Florida Panhandle, Greater New Orleans, Mississippi, South Florida, majority of the Eastern North America. It was dissipated on August 30, 2005 after 7 years of continuous hurricane news updates. Amidst the storm, there were disputations and concerns that arose because of the failure of the hurricane surge protection which received all the blame of the thousands death of the citizens of America. Several investigations were made as to who might take responsibility on the demise of the people, along with the properties which were severely damaged.
6. Hurricane Jeanne
There are different causes of hurricanes, and it could be observed that some of the areas in the United States become a hurricane zone, and it has been the center of disasters when it comes cyclones, and other natural disasters. Hurricane Jeanne was formed on September 13, 2004, and dissipated on September 29, 2004. It had 120mph as the highest winds recorded and 950 mbar as to its lowest pressure. The record deaths were 3,035 which were all confirmed and an approximate $7 billion damages to the areas of Florida, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Haiti, Puerto Rico, eastern part of the United States, and Virgin Islands. It actually made a landfall first in the northern part of the Palm Beach County carrying 115 to 120 mph winds in the evening of September 26, 2004. In fact, the same time that Hurricane Frances was also following the treasure cost miles which was the rarest hurricane news ever heard. It was even called as evil twins because they trudged on the same spot.
5. Okeechobee Hurricane
You might think that Florida has been experiencing series of disasters especially hurricane that you would think that it’s not safe to live in this place. It is always numbered or included in affected areas in some of the hurricanes that hit the United States. You may also notice that most of the hurricane names that you could read on this list all happened in America. They might be different according to categories of hurricanes, but the common denominator was the kind of spoilage that it left the people. It was also known as San Felipe Segundo Hurricane that also ruined Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Leeward islands. It stroke on September 6, 1928 and depleted on September 20, 1928. It has left 4,078 deaths and $100 million damage. The destruction might not be comparable in other hurricanes on this list, but the major impact was the total number of people who died because of Okeechobee hurricane.
4. Galveston Hurricane of 1900
People in Texas will never forget Galveston hurricane in their lives because it has left not just mishap to their areas, but direct fatalities of around 6,000 to 12,000 people with a total damages of $20 million. Some of the affected areas were Cuba, Eastern Canada, Hispaniola, Iowa, Illinois, Jamaica, Kansas, Lesser Antilles, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Turks and Caicos Islands. It was the same period that there were no specific names assigned to specific disaster, that’s the reason if you would dig up from old documents, it was referred to Galveston Flood or The 1900 Storm.
3. The Great Hurricane of 1780
Majority of the deadliest hurricanes that you would find on this list were all happened and experienced of the people who were living in the United States. This hurricane took place in 1780 that killed 22,000 people where majority of deaths were found in the offshore. It specifically hit the areas of East Florida, Bermuda, Hispaniola, Lesser Antilles, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and some states in America. It was formed on October 09, 1780, and dissipated on October 20, 1780. It carried gusty winds of 200 mph, and some considered it as the deadliest hurricane that caused so much infliction and affliction the citizens of the United States.
2. Typhoon Nina 1975
It was called as Super Typhoon Nina as its international name because it carried 250 km/h highest winds leaving 229,000 deaths and $1.2 billion damages. It has affected areas of Taiwan and China wherein it started forming on July 30, 1975 and dissipated on August 06, 1975. Some of the devastating effects of hurricanes in the history cannot be compared on what Typhoon Nina left like the collapsed of the Banqiao Dam, heavy floods, and other collapsed that took place in smaller type of dams. It had its landfall in Taiwan and due to intersections it also made a landfall in mainland China. There were separate damages recorded in Taiwan and China like landslides, homes of about 3,000 were destroyed, suspension of international and local flights were made.
1. 1970 Bhola cyclone
On November 12, 1970 the Bhola Cyclone left 300,000 to 500,000 death tolls which make it the deadliest hurricanes in the world history. It specifically landed and affected the eastern part of Pakistan which is known as Bangladesh and the West Bengal of India. It is not as large as other hurricanes on this list, but its effects exceeded to covered areas of other countries and states. It carried 185 km/h in a 3-minute sustained and 205 km/h in a minute sustained while 966 mbar at its lowest pressure. Its total damage is $86.4 million which is far incomparable to Typhoon Nina, and some could presume that Typhoon Nina should be on the number one spot. In fact, there were series of concerns and accusations during and after the effect against the political leaders’ sense of responsibilities and urgencies. It could not be the deadliest, if there were lesser number of fatalities, but it has exceeded the figures that Typhoon Nina left.