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Costliest hurricanes of all time

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Costliest hurricanes of all time

A single hurricane can cause billions of dollars in damage, not to mention the physical and emotional toll it takes on those in its path. In just the last several years, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused extensive damage and death tolls.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season spans from June 1st to Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted a busier hurricane season than normal this year, with as many as 19 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes before the year is up.

Hurricane recovery plans include everything from the basic distribution of food and water supplies to rebuilding highways, energy grid improvements, and far-reaching infrastructure upgrades.

With this year's hurricane season fast approaching, Stacker took a look at NOAA data to extrapolate the costliest hurricanes of all time. In this gallery, you’ll find the category of the storm, the year it occurred, and the region it impacted. The data includes hurricanes that impacted Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the cost listed is in current U.S. dollars which have been adjusted for inflation. This data also addresses the cost of these hurricanes to the U.S. (and its territories), not to other countries or regions. More information on the methodology can be found at the National Hurrican Center.

Read on for the costliest hurricanes of all time.

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#39. Isidore

- Estimated cost: $1.64 billion
- Start date: Sept. 25, 2002
- End date: Sept. 27, 2002
- Deaths: 5

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#38. Alberto

- Estimated cost: $1.77 billion
- Start date: July 7, 1994
- End date: July 10, 1994
- Deaths: 32

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#37. Allen

- Estimated cost: $1.96 billion
- Start date: Aug. 7, 1980
- End date: Aug. 11, 1980
- Deaths: 13

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#36. Gloria

- Estimated cost: $2.10 billion
- Start date: Sept. 26, 1985
- End date: Sept. 28, 1985
- Deaths: 11

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#35. Bob

- Estimated cost: $2.89 billion
- Start date: Aug. 18, 1991
- End date: Aug. 20, 1991
- Deaths: 18

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#34. Lee

- Estimated cost: $2.94 billion
- Start date: Sept. 1, 2011
- End date: Sept. 5, 2011
- Deaths: 21

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#33. Isaac

- Estimated cost: $3.15 billion
- Start date: Aug. 26, 2012
- End date: Aug. 31, 2012
- Deaths: 9

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#32. Elena

- Estimated cost: $3.18 billion
- Start date: Aug. 30, 1985
- End date: Sept. 3, 1985
- Deaths: 4

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#31. Dennis

- Estimated cost: $3.39 billion
- Start date: July 9, 2005
- End date: July 11, 2005
- Deaths: 15

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#30. Marilyn

- Estimated cost: $3.61 billion
- Start date: Sept. 15, 1995
- End date: Sept. 17, 1995
- Deaths: 13

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#29. Juan

- Estimated cost: $3.67 billion
- Start date: Oct. 27, 1985
- End date: Oct. 31, 1985
- Deaths: 63

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#28. Imelda

- Estimated cost: $5.05 billion
- Start date: Sept. 17, 2019
- End date: Sept. 21, 2019
- Deaths: 5

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#27. Iniki

- Estimated cost: $5.80 billion
- Start date: Sept. 11, 1992
- End date: Sept. 12, 1992
- Deaths: 7

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#26. Gustav

- Estimated cost: $7.38 billion
- Start date: Aug. 31, 2008
- End date: Sept. 3, 2008
- Deaths: 53

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#25. Isabel

- Estimated cost: $7.79 billion
- Start date: Sept. 18, 2003
- End date: Sept. 19, 2003
- Deaths: 55

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#24. Alicia

- Estimated cost: $7.92 billion
- Start date: Aug. 17, 1983
- End date: Aug. 20, 1983
- Deaths: 21

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#23. Opal

- Estimated cost: $8.07 billion
- Start date: Oct. 4, 1995
- End date: Oct. 6, 1995
- Deaths: 27

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#22. Fran

- Estimated cost: $8.41 billion
- Start date: Sept. 5, 1996
- End date: Sept. 8, 1996
- Deaths: 37

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#21. Georges

- Estimated cost: $9.58 billion
- Start date: Sept. 20, 1998
- End date: Sept. 29, 1998
- Deaths: 16

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#20. Floyd

- Estimated cost: $10.19 billion
- Start date: Sept. 14, 1999
- End date: Sept. 16, 1999
- Deaths: 77

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#19. Jeanne

- Estimated cost: $10.50 billion
- Start date: Sept. 15, 2004
- End date: Sept. 29, 2004
- Deaths: 28

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#18. Matthew

- Estimated cost: $10.90 billion
- Start date: Oct. 8, 2016
- End date: Oct. 12, 2016
- Deaths: 49

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#17. Allison

- Estimated cost: $12.61 billion
- Start date: June 5, 2001
- End date: June 17, 2001
- Deaths: 43

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#16. Frances

- Estimated cost: $13.72 billion
- Start date: Sept. 3, 2004
- End date: Sept. 9, 2004
- Deaths: 48

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#15. Irene

- Estimated cost: $15.79 billion
- Start date: Aug. 26, 2011
- End date: Aug. 28, 2011
- Deaths: 45

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#14. Hugo

- Estimated cost: $19.26 billion
- Start date: Sept. 21, 1989
- End date: Sept. 22, 1989
- Deaths: 86

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#13. Charley

- Estimated cost: $22.40 billion
- Start date: Aug. 13, 2004
- End date: Aug. 14, 2004
- Deaths: 35

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#12. Florence

- Estimated cost: $24.48 billion
- Start date: Sept. 13, 2018
- End date: Sept. 16, 2018
- Deaths: 53

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#11. Rita

- Estimated cost: $25.16 billion
- Start date: Sept. 20, 2005
- End date: Sept. 24, 2005
- Deaths: 119

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#10. Michael

- Estimated cost: $25.47 billion
- Start date: Oct. 10, 2018
- End date: Oct. 11, 2018
- Deaths: 49

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#9. Wilma

- Estimated cost: $25.84 billion
- Start date: Oct. 24, 2005
- End date: Oct. 24, 2005
- Deaths: 35

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#8. Ivan

- Estimated cost: $28.70 billion
- Start date: Sept. 12, 2004
- End date: Sept. 21, 2004
- Deaths: 57

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#7. Ike

- Estimated cost: $36.90 billion
- Start date: Sept. 12, 2008
- End date: Sept. 14, 2008
- Deaths: 112

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#6. Andrew

- Estimated cost: $50.49 billion
- Start date: Aug. 23, 1992
- End date: Aug. 27, 1992
- Deaths: 61

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#5. Irma

- Estimated cost: $52.50 billion
- Start date: Sept. 6, 2017
- End date: Sept. 12, 2017
- Deaths: 97

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#4. Sandy

- Estimated cost: $74.15 billion
- Start date: Oct. 30, 2012
- End date: Oct. 31, 2012
- Deaths: 159

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#3. Maria

- Estimated cost: $94.50 billion
- Start date: Sept. 19, 2017
- End date: Sept. 21, 2017
- Deaths: 2,981

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#2. Harvey

- Estimated cost: $131.25 billion
- Start date: Aug. 25, 2017
- End date: Aug. 31, 2017
- Deaths: 89

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#1. Katrina

- Estimated cost: $170.04 billion
- Start date: Aug. 25, 2005
- End date: Aug. 30, 2005
- Deaths: 1,833

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