Biggest Hurricanes In History: Which Storms Caused The Most Deaths?

Biggest Hurricanes In History: Which Storms Caused The Most Deaths?

Sandy Takes Place Among Biggest Hurricanes In History

 

While the recent devastation, flooding and death toll caused by Hurricane Sandy already ranks it among the largest hurricanes in terms of sheer size, there have been other massive storms throughout history which take their place among the biggest hurricanes ever recorded.

One of the most deadly in terms of human lives lost occured in 1970 when the Bhola Cyclone raged across what was then called East Pakistan and West Bengal in India, killing an estimated half a million people.

The hurricane that struck the Florida Keys along the U.S. seacoast in 1935 as a category 5 hurricane,the most powerful category, was known simply as The Labor Day Hurricane and classified as the most powerful to ever hit the US.

More than 5,000 people lost their lives when Hurricane Camille came ashore at the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines in 1969, causing a 20-foot storm surge and more than one billion dollars in property damage.

Florida took a direct hit when Hurricane Andrew, another category 5 storm, arrived in August of 1992, causing $25 billion in damage. Even the islands of Hawaii have not been immune from destructive hurricanes. Hurricane Iniki was one of the rarest weather occurences on the Islands and gave little more than 24 hours notice before it hit landfall in 1992.

Storms that caused over one thousand deaths

Deaths Name year
27,500+ Great Hurricane of 1780 1780
18,974 – 21,000 Hurricane Mitch 1998
8,000 – 12,000 “Galveston” Hurricane 1900
8,000 – 10,000 Hurricane Fifi 1974
2,000 – 8,000 “Dominican Republic” Hurricane 1930
7,186 – 8,000 Hurricane Flora 1963
6,000+ Pointe-à-Pitre Bay Hurricane 1776
4,000 – 4,163+ “Newfoundland” Hurricane 1775
4,000 “Monterrey” Hurricane 1909
4,075+ “Okeechobee” Hurricane 1928
3,433+ Hurricane “San Ciriaco” 1899
2,500 – 3,107 “Cuba” Hurricane 1932
3,037 Hurricane Jeanne 2004
3,000+ “Central Atlantic” Hurricane 1782
3,000+ “Martinique” Hurricane 1813
2,000 – 3,000 “Central America” Hurricane 1934
30 – 3,000 “Cuba” Hurricane 1791
1,500 – 2,500 “Barbados” Hurricane 1831
1,500 – 2,500 “Belize” Hurricane 1931
1,168 – 2,150 “Caribbean” Hurricane 1935
2,063+ Hurricane David 1979
2,000+ Florida Hurricane 1781
1,000 – 2,500 Sea Islands Hurricane 1893
2,000 Gulf of Mexico Hurricane 1780
1,800 – 2,000 1893 Chenier Caminanda Hurricane 1893
136 – 2,000 Hurricane San Marcos 1870
up to 2,000 Caribbean Hurricane 1666
1,836+ Hurricane Katrina 2005
1,662+ Hurricane Stan 2005
1,600 Martinique Hurricane 1767
1,500 Mexico Hurricane 1909
up to 1,500 Cuba and Florida Hurricane 1644
372 – 1,300+ Caribbean Hurricane 1824
1,300 Nicaragua Hurricane 1605
1,145 Hurricane Gordon 1994
42 – 1,090 Jamaica and Cuba Hurricane 1780
1,090 Straits of Florida Hurricane 1622
1,000+ Gulf of Mexico Hurricane 1590
1,000+ Barbados Hurricane 1694
1,000 – 2,500 Bahamas Hurricane 1715
43 – 1,000 Havana Hurricane 1768
1,000 Veracruz Hurricane 1601
600 – 1,200 Hurricane Hazel 1954
1,000 Hurricane Inez 1966