After Irene kicked some ass last week, we decided that it would be interesting to see which hurricanes throughout history, laid down the most carnage.
The Great Hurricane of 1780
The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed more than 27,500 people, making it the deadliest and most violent Atlantic hurricane in history. It formed on October 9, 1780 near the Cape Verde Islands and gained super strength with winds up to 200 miles per hour as it rolled towards Barbados. It moved through the Caribbean between October 10 and October 16, wreaking devastation and taking down every tree on the island of Barbados. Thousands of people on the islands of Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Sint Eustatius were killed before this hurricane turned northeast and gave the Eastern coast of the US a beating. This son-of-a-bitch of a storm not only killed more people than any other hurricane, it killed more than any other entire decade of Atlantic hurricanes.
Hurricane Mitch killed at least 18,974 people in late October and early November of 1998, but the death toll may have been as high as 21,000 according to some sources. With sustained winds of 180 miles per hour, Mitch hit Honduras, dumped three feet of water and caused horrific flooding and mudslides, which killed thousands in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Hurricane Mitch was the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the 1998 season.
The “Galveston” Hurricane
The “Galveston” Hurricane killed an estimated 8,000 – 12,000 people in 1900 and to this day remains the deadliest natural disaster the United States has ever endured. Although it was “only” a category 4 storm, it had winds of up to 150 miles per hour and caused $20 million in damage – and that was back when $20 million was a crapload of money.
Hurricane Fifi killed between 8,000 and 10,000 people in September of 1974. It killed thousands of people in a single town overnight by causing a catastrophic flood. To prevent the spread of disease, thousands of the bodies were burned. There will never be another hurricane named Fifi, as the name was permanently retired after this deadly storm.
Hurricane Flora killed at least 7,186 people in 1963, but as many as 8,000 may have died due to the storm. With winds up to 145 miles per hour, Flora decked Haiti resulting in thousands of deaths and $525 million in damage.