Worst Storms Death

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 deaths in the United States. For a list of storms that have caused the most damage, click here.

Worst Hurricanes-Deadliest (U.S.):

  1. 1900: The Galveston No Name Storm, Category 4
    Galveston, Texas
    Total Deaths: Estimated 6,000-8,000 (Some estimates go as high as 12,000)
  2. 1899: Hurricane San Ciriaco, Category 3
    Puerto Rico
    Total Deaths: Estimated 3,000+ (Some estimates go as high as 3,500)
  3. 1928: The Lake Okeechobee No Name Storm, Category 4
    Lake Okeechobee, Florida
    Total Deaths: 2,500+ (The original death toll of 1,836 was changed by the National Hurricane Center in 2003)
  4. 2005: Hurricane Katrina, Category 5 (see Reference #3 below)
    Louisiana (specifically New Orleans), Mississippi
    Total Deaths: 1,836
    1,577 (Louisiana only updated 5/19/06)
    238 (Mississippi)
    14 (Florida)
    2 (Georgia)
    2 (Alabama)
    2 (Ohio)
    1 (Kentucky)
    Note: as of October 19th, 2007, there were still 705 people missing
  5. 1893: The Sea Islands Hurricane, Category 3
    Savannah (Sea Islands), Georgia
    Total Deaths: Estimated 1,000-2000
  6. 1919: (No Name), Category 4
    Florida Keys & South Texas
    Total Deaths: 600 (Some reports put it as high as 800-900)
  7. 1938: The Great New England Hurricane, Category 3
    New York and Rhode Island
    Total Deaths: 564
  8. 1935: The Labor Day No Name Storm, Category 5
    Florida Keys
    Total Deaths: 408
  9. 1957: Hurricane Audrey, Category 4
    Southwest Louisiana & Texas
    Total Deaths: 390
  10. 1944: The Great Atlantic Hurricane, Category 3
    Northeast U.S.
    Total Deaths: 390
  11. 1909: The Grande Isle No Name Storm, Category 4
    Grande Isle, Louisiana
    Total Deaths: 350
  12. 1954: Hurricane Hazel, Category 4
    North and South Carolina
    Total Deaths: 295 (estimate)
  13. 1915: (No Name), Category 4
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Total Deaths: 275
  14. 1915: (No Name), Category 4
    Galveston, Texas
    Total Deaths: 275
  15. August, 1969: Hurricane Camille, Category 5
    Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana & Virginia
    Total Deaths: 256
  16. 1926: (No Name), Category 4
    Miami, Florida
    Total Deaths: 243
  17. September 2008: Hurricane Ike, Category 2
    Florida (Homestead), Louisiana
    Total Deaths: 164 (82 in U.S.)
  18. June, 1972: Hurricane Agnes, Category 1
    Florida (Panhandle), Georgia, South & North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania
    Total Deaths: 117
  19. August, 1992: Hurricane Andrew, Category 5
    Florida (Homestead), Louisiana
    Total Deaths: 55 (44 in the U.S.)
  20. August, 2011: Hurricane Irene
    North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont
    Total Deaths: 43
  21. June, 2001: Tropical Storm Allison
    Texas
    Total Deaths: 41

The deadliest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin on record is The Great Hurricane of 1780 (also known as Hurricane San Calixto II) in which an estimated 22,000 people were killed in Caribbean (there was no U.S. landfall).