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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 tool it takes on those in its path. In this past year, The United States has seen some pretty catastrophic natural disasters ranging from wildfires to hurricanes. Just recently, the Puerto Rican government officially announced the Hurricane Maria’s death toll to be upwards of 1,400 people— a number previously reported to be 64. Regardless of the fact that Puerto Rico is still recovering from the disaster, the third-costliest hurricane on record, a new hurricane season approaches, leaving the territory more vulnerable than ever.

    The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season spans form June 1st to November 30th. 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.

    Using data from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Stacker ranked the costliest hurricanes of all time. On each slide you’ll find the category of the storm, the year it occurred and the region it impacted. The data includes hurricanes which impact 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 methodology can be found at the NHC

    Read on for the costliest hurricanes of all time.

  • #39. Elena
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    #39. Elena

    Total cost: $3,003,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1985
    Region impacted: Mississippi/Alabama/Northwest Florida

  • #38. Isaac
    3/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center // Wikimedia Commons

    #38. Isaac

    Total cost: $3,024,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 2012
    Region impacted: Louisiana

  • #37. Dennis
    4/ NASA, GSFC, and GOES Project // Wikimedia Commons

    #37. Dennis

    Total cost: $3,200,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 2005
    Region impacted: Northwest Florida

  • #36. Donna
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    #36. Donna

    Total cost: $3,235,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 1960
    Region impacted: Florida, Eastern US

  • #35. Marilyn
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    #35. Marilyn

    Total cost: $3,402,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 1995
    Region impacted: U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

  • #34. Carol
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    #34. Carol

    Total cost: $4,198,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1954
    Region impacted: Northeastern US

  • #33. 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane
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    #33. 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane

    Total cost: $4,927,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1944
    Region impacted: Mid-Atlantic

  • #32. Long Island Express
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    #32. Long Island Express

    Total cost: $5,279,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1938
    Region impacted: Northeastern US

  • #31. Iniki
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    #31. Iniki

    Total cost: $5,487,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 1992
    Region impacted: Kauai, HI

  • #30. Frederic
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    #30. Frederic

    Total cost: $5,712,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1979
    Region impacted: Alabama/Mississippi

  • #29. Celia
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    #29. Celia

    Total cost: $6,026,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1970
    Region impacted: Texas

  • #28. Gustav
    13/ NASA // Wikimedia Commons

    #28. Gustav

    Total cost: $6,960,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 2008
    Region impacted: Louisiana

  • #27. Isabel
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    #27. Isabel

    Total cost: $7,370,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 2003
    Region impacted: Mid-Atlantic

  • #26. Alicia
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    #26. Alicia

    Total cost: $7,470,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1983
    Region impacted: North Texas

  • #25. Opal
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    #25. Opal

    Total cost: $7,614,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1995
    Region impacted: Northwest Florida

  • #24. Diane
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    #24. Diane

    Total cost: $7,630,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 1955
    Region impacted: North Carolina

  • #23. Fran
    18/ NOAA / National Climatic Data Center // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Fran

    Total cost: $7,900,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1996
    Region impacted: North Carolina

  • #22. Georges
    19/ NASA GOES Project Science // Wikimedia Commons

    #22. Georges

    Total cost: $9,060,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1998
    Region impacted: Florida Keys, Mississippi, Alabama, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

  • #21. Floyd
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    #21. Floyd

    Total cost: $9,620,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 1999
    Region impacted: Mid-Atlantic & Northeastern U.S.

  • #20. Camille
    21/ NOAA / National Climatic Data Center // NOAA

    #20. Camille

    Total cost: $9,776,000,000
    Category: 5
    Year: 1969
    Region impacted: Mississippi/Southeastern Louisiana/VA

  • #19. Jeanne
    22/ NOAA // Wikimedia Commons

    #19. Jeanne

    Total cost: $9,900,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 2004
    Region impacted: Florida

  • #18. Matthew
    23/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center // Flickr

    #18. Matthew

    Total cost: $10,300,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 2016
    Region impacted: Southeastern US

  • #17. Betsy
    24/ U.S. Department of Defense // Wikimedia Commons

    #17. Betsy

    Total cost: $11,152,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 1965
    Region impacted: Southeastern Florida/Southeastern Louisiana

  • #16. Allison
    25/ Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team // Wikimedia Commons

    #16. Allison

    Total cost: $11,815,000,000
    Category: Tropical Storm
    Year: 2001
    Region impacted: North Texas

  • #15. Agnes
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    #15. Agnes

    Total cost: $12,516,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 1972
    Region impacted: Florida/Northeastern U.S.

  • #14. Frances
    27/ US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration // Wikimedia Commons

    #14. Frances

    Total cost: $12,936,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 2004
    Region impacted: Florida

  • #13. Irene
    28/ NASA/NOAA GOES Project // Wikimedia Commons

    #13. Irene

    Total cost: $14,985,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 2011
    Region impacted: Mid-Atlantic & Northeastern US

  • #12. Hugo
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    #12. Hugo

    Total cost: $18,090,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 1989
    Region impacted: South Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

  • #11. Charley
    30/ Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC // Wikimedia Commons

    #11. Charley

    Total cost: $21,120,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 2004
    Region impacted: Southwest Florida

  • #10. Rita
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    #10. Rita

    Total cost: $23,680,000,000
    Category:
    Year: 2005
    Region impacted: Southwest Louisiana, North Texas

  • #9. Wilma
    32/ NOAA Satellite and Information Service // Wikimedia Commons

    #9. Wilma

    Total cost: $24,320,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 2005
    Region impacted: Southern Florida

  • #8. Ivan
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    #8. Ivan

    Total cost: $27,060,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 2004
    Region impacted: Alabama/Northwest Florida

  • #7. Ike
    34/ NASA // Wikimedia Commons

    #7. Ike

    Total cost: $34,800,000,000
    Category: 2
    Year: 2008
    Region impacted: Texas, Louisiana

  • #6. Andrew
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    #6. Andrew

    Total cost: $47,790,000,000
    Category: 5
    Year: 1992
    Region impacted: Southeastern Florida/Louisiana

  • #5. Irma
    36/ NOAA/NASA // Wikimedia Commons

    #5. Irma

    Total cost: $50,000,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 2017
    Region impacted: Florida

  • #4. Sandy
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    #4. Sandy

    Total cost: $70,200,000,000
    Category: 1
    Year: 2012
    Region impacted: Mid-Atlantic & Northeastern US

  • #3. Maria
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    #3. Maria

    Total cost: $90,000,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 2017
    Region impacted: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • #2. Harvey
    39/ NASA/NOAA // Wikimedia Commons

    #2. Harvey

    Total cost: $125,000,000,000
    Category: 4
    Year: 2017
    Region impacted: Texas, Louisiana

  • #1. Katrina
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    #1. Katrina

    Total cost: $160,000,000,000
    Category: 3
    Year: 2005
    Region impacted: Southeastern Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi

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