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Subject: E12) What have been the deadliest hurricanes for the USA?

Contributed by Chris Landsea

RANKHURRICANEYEARCATDEATHSCOMMENTS
1TX (Galveston)190048000-12,000
2FL (SE/Lake Okeechobee)192842500-3000Same storm as #13 ADDENDUM
3KATRINA (LA,MS,AL,FL,GA)200531500Deaths directly attributed
4LA (Cheniere Caminanda)189341100-14002000 including offshore deaths
August
5SC/GA (Sea Islands)189331000-2000
6GA/SC18812700
7AUDREY (SW LA/N TX) 19574>416
8FL (Keys)19355408
9LA (Last Island)18564400With offshore deaths total is ~600
10FL (Miami)/MS/AL/Pensacola19264372
11LA (Grand Isle)19093350
12FL (Keys)/S TX19194287With offshore deaths total is ~600
13LA (New Orleans)19154275
14TX (Galveston)19154275
15New England19383256With offshore deaths total is ~600
16CAMILLE (MS/SE LA/VA)19695256
17DIANE (NE U.S.)19551184
18GA, SC, NC18984179
19TX18753176
20SE FL19063164
21TX (Indianola)18864150
22MS/AL/Pensacola19062134
23FL, GA, SC18963130
24AGNES (FL/NE U.S.)19721≤122
25HAZEL (SC/NC)1954495
26BETSY (SE FL/SE LA)1965375
27Northeast U.S.1944364Total 390 with offshore deaths
28CAROL (NE U.S.)1954360
29FLOYD (Mid Atlantic & NE U.S.)1999256
30NC1883253
31SE FL/SE LA/MS1947451
32NC, SC18993≥50Same storm as #2 in ADDENDUM
32GA/SC/NC1940250
32DONNA (FL/Eastern U.S.)1960450
35LA18602≥47
36NC, VA18793≥46Could include offshore deaths
37CARLA (N & Central TX)1961446
38TX (Velasco)1909341
39ALLISON (SE TX)2001TS41
40Mid-Atlantic1889unk≥40Could include offshore deaths
Storm remained offshore
40TX (Freeport)1932440
40S TX1933340
43HILDA (LA)1964338
44SW LA1918334
45SW FL1910330
46ALBERTO (NW FL, GA, AL)1994TS30
47SC, FL1893328Mid-October
48New England18782≥27
48Texas18862≥27
50FRAN (NC)1996326
ADDENDUM
(Not Atlantic/Gulf Coast)
2Puerto Rico189933369Same storm as #32
5P.R. USVI18673≤811Could include offshore deaths
5Puerto Rico18521≤800Total possibly from 2 storms
13Puerto Rico (San Felipe)19285312Same storm as #2
17USVI, Puerto Rico19322225
25DONNA (St. Thomas, VI)19604107
25Puerto Rico18881≥100
37Southern California1939TS45
37ELOISE(Puerto Rico)1975TS44
47USVI18713≥27

From The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2006 (and other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts) NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS TPC-5 April 15, 2007, Eric S. Blake, Edward N. Rappaport, Christopher W. Landsea.

Last updated June 1, 2007

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