Worst Storms Damage

When thinking of the “worst” hurricanes, you can categorize by damage or fatalities. The following is a list Atlantic Basin storms that have caused the most damage in the United States. For a list of storms that have caused the most deaths, click here.

NOTE: There is A LOT of information floating around out there concerning costs associated with storms. The statistics below are taken from recent media reports (through July 2005) and the national Hurricane Center. Most of the damage estimates are listed twice- first in real dollars for the period the storm hit, then as 2004 inflation adjusted dollars.

Also note: There is another list available at the Insurance Information Institute regarding losses. That list is for INSURED losses only, not overall losses…

Worst Hurricanes-Damage ( U.S.):

  1. 2005: Hurricane Katrina, Category 3
    Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida
    Total Damage: $81.2 billion (in 2005 dollars)
  2. 1992: Hurricane Andrew, Category 5
    Florida ( Homestead), Louisiana
    Total Damage: $26.5 billion ($43.67 billion in 2004 dollars)
  3. 2005: Hurricane Wilma, Category 3
    Florida
    Total Damage: $20.6 billion (in 2005 dollars)
  4. 2004: Hurricane Charley, Category 4
    Florida ( Fort Myers), South Carolina
    Total Damage: $15 billion (in 2004 dollars)
  5. 2004: Hurricane Ivan, Category 4
    Florida, Alabama
    Total Damage: $14.2 billion (in 2004 dollars)
  6. 2005: Hurricane Rita, Category 3
    Texas, Louisiana
    Total Damage: $11.3 billion (in 2005 dollars)
  7. 2011: Hurricane Irene, Category 3
    North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont
    Total Damage: Estimated $7-$10 Billion (in 2011 dollars)
  8. 2004: Hurricane Frances, Category 3
    Florida, Georgia
    Total Damage: $8.9 billion (in 2004 dollars)
  9. 2008: Hurricane Ike, Category 2
    Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas
    Total Damage: $8.1 billion (in 2008 dollars)
  10. 1989: Hurricane Hugo, Category 4
    South Carolina, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
    Total Damage: $7.0 billion ($12.25 billion in 2004 dollars)
  11. 2004:Hurricane Jeanne, Category 3
    Florida
    Total Damage: $6.9 billion ($6.9 billion in 2004 dollars)
  12. 2001:Tropical Storm Allison (never reached hurricane status)
    Texas
    Total Damage: $5.0 billion (in 2001 dollars)
  13. 1999:Hurricane Floyd, Category 2
    Mid Atlantic, Northeastern U.S.
    Total Damage: $4.5 billion (in 1999 dollars)
  14. 1996: Hurricane Fran, Category 3
    North Carolina, Virginia
    Total Damage: $3.2 billion (in 1996 dollars)
  15. 1995: Hurricane Opal, Category 3
    Northwest Florida, Alabama
    Total Damage: $3.0 billion (in 1995 dollars)
  16. 1998: Hurricane Georges, Category 2
    Florida Keyes, Mississippi, Alabama
    Total Damage: $2.31 billion (in 1998 dollars)
  17. 1979: Hurricane Frederic, Category 3
    Alabama, Mississippi
    Total Damage: $2.3 billion (in 1979 dollars)
  18. 1972: Hurricane Agnes, Category 1
    Florida (Panhandle), Georgia, Carolinas, Northeastern U.S.
    Total Damage: $2.1 billion ($11.29 billion in 2004 dollars)
  19. 1983: Hurricane Alicia, Category 3
    North Texas
    Total Damage: $2.0 billion (in 1983 dollars)
  20. 1991: Hurricane Bob, Category 2
    North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
    Total Damage: $1.5 billion (in 1991 dollars)
  21. 1985: Hurricane Juan, Category 1
    Louisiana
    Total Damage: $1.5 billion (in 1985 dollars)
  22. 1969: Hurricane Camille, Category 5
    Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Virginia
    Total Damage: $1.42 billion ($8.89 billion in 2004 dollars)

Others of Note:

  • 1965: Hurricane Betsy, Category 3
    South Florida and southeast Louisiana
    Total Damage: $10.8 billion in 2004 dollars
  • 1955: Hurricane Diane, Category 1
    Northeastern United States
    Total Damage: $6.99 billion in 2004 dollars