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If nature can give birth, it can destruct too!
Here is a list of the most disastrous hurricanes that ever hit the Earth, and caused the severest of devastations!
Hurricane Patricia was the strongest hurricane ever recorded. It was headed towards Mexico at dangerous speeds as of October 23, 2015. It quickly weakened early Saturday, having made landfall at 6:15 p.m. (7:15 p.m. ET) Friday on Mexico's southwestern coast as a Category 5 storm. Overnight, not much news emerged from the hardest hit regions, where in some places electricity was turned off to prevent mishaps.
Regarded as the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded, the 1970 Bhola Cyclone hit today's Bangladesh and India's West Bengal on November 12, 1970. It was estimated that 300,000-500,000 people perished in the aftermath of this storm, marking it as one of the most merciless natural disasters in recent history. This cyclone was a Category 3 Hurricane. The killing power of this storm was completely attributed to the cyclone's surge, which flooded the low lying islands in the Ganges Delta, literally washing villages and crops off the face of the Earth.
This Super Typhoon had hit China hard and instantaneously destroyed the Banqiao Dam, which in turn led to severe flooding. Numerous dams collapsed thereafter, increasing the casualty many folds. With a 100,000+ death toll, Super Typhoon Nina is the 2nd deadliest Typhoon in recorded history.
Kenna, a category 5 hurricane, was the 3rd most intense Pacific hurricane to ever strike Mexico's West Coast. Hitting San Blas, Nayarit on October 25th, 2002, it was followed by 140 mph winds and a 16-foot surge that devastated the coastline, causing casualty of $101 million dollars.
Born from the strong El Nino warm phase of 91-94, Hurricane Iniki reached cateogry 4 level winds as the eye passed over the island of Kauaʻi. Unsurprisingly, the Hawaiians handled the effects of Hurricane Iniki very well. Communities held parties to cook all the perishable food since the power was out. Grocery stores offered free food to anyone who needed it, while most insisted on paying. While there was some looting in the aftermath of the storm, it was nominal compared to what happened after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. Amazingly, there were only 6 deaths attributed to Hurricane Iniki even though the islanders were given less than 24 hours notice. The monetary damage, however, was huge for the small island, a total of over $1.8 billion (USD 1992).
Steadily treading its way up the Mexican coastline, Pauline led to torrential rainfalls with 16 inches of rain in Acapulco alone! The continuous downpour caused pernicious land slides in some of Mexico's poorest villages, killing roughly 250-400 people and leaving a striking 300,000 people homeless. Adding more to the agonies, Hurricane Pauline caused a massive amount of damage, exceeding $7.5 billion (USD 1997)
In 1900, Galveston was only about nine feet above sea level, which was too low. When the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on September 8th, it brought a 15-foot tall storm, along with 135mph winds whooping through the place, making it a category 4 hurricane. The surge was so powerful that it washed over the entire island, knocking buildings off their foundations, and then pounding them into scraps of wood. In total, over 3600 houses were destroyed. The Galveston Hurricane is the deadliest natural disaster to ever hit the US, claiming over 6,000 lives. The total damages exceeded $20 million in 1900's dollars.
Hurricane Ike is in the top 3 for most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the United States, with $24 billion (2008 USD) and with additional damage of $7.3 billion in Cuba, $200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos, amounting to a total of $32 billion in damages. Hurricane Ike resulted in at least 195 deaths, all the way through Haiti to Galveston.
Tagged as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane, this storm devastated Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Lesser Antilles, Bermuda, and possibly Florida and other States. While the total damages are unknown, the death toll was much over 22,000 people, more than any other decade of Atlantic hurricanes.
Hurricane Andrew was the only named hurricane for the 1992 season, and it well deserved it. Wreaking havoc across the northwestern Bahamas, southern Florida and southwest Louisiana, the mighty Andrew caused $26.5 billion (USD 1992) in damage. Even with all the destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew, the death toll was very low, with 26 deaths caused directly by the hurricane and 39 as secondary deaths.
At least 1,833 people died from this hurricane and the aftermath, and the estimated cost was at $81 billion (2005 USD). The hurricane began as a Category 1 hurricane in August 2005 when it hit the Bahamas and Florida, but hiked to a Category 5 in the Gulf of Mexico before finally landing in Louisiana as a Category 3. 80%. The New Orleans was completely flooded, and stayed that way for weeks. Because of this, the largest diaspora in the history of the US occurred, with over one million people moving to other parts of the country. By January 2006, only 200,00 were living there, which was less than half of the pre-storm population. As of 2013, nearly 380,000 people are living in New Orleans.