Worst Hurricanes in American History

September 13, 1989, is one of the darkest days ever to be witnessed by the people of Southeast United States, Saint Croix, Guadeloupe, and Puerto Rico. A powerful Cape Verde hurricane that is believed to have formed at the eastern Atlantic hit the entire area leaving over 75 people dead. Most of the casualties in Hurricane Hugo are believed to have died from drowning or electrocution. The hurricane would also leave over 100,000 people homeless for the following 12 days. In memory of that event, we are looking back at some of the worst Hurricanes in American history.

Hurricane Charley, 2004 – Strongest Hurricane of all Time

Charley lasted for more than a week and is believed to have attained a speed of 240km/h which makes it’s the most robust category four hurricane in history. It moved through the Caribbean Sea to Cuba before hitting Florida.

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Bobbie Taylor Rudman grieves as she goes through belongings in her grandmother’s mobile home that was destroyed by Hurricane Charley on August 20, 2004, in Punta Gorda, Florida. Hurricane Charley has caused an estimated $7.4 billion in damage and has left thousands homeless. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

More than $16.9 billion worth of damages were recorded and over 20 lives. The hurricane had been predicted, and enough warnings give, and this is the reason there were very few fatalities. Surprisingly, the effect of this hurricane is still felt by the people of Florida.

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