July 11, 2014 – The Costliest Hurricanes in U.S. History: Even though a Category 4 or 5 hurricane can cause serious damage, it’s not always the strongest hurricanes that leave the most devastation in their wake. In fact, out of the top 10 most expensive hurricanes on record, two were Category 2 and one, Agnes in 1972, was a Category 1. Hurricane Katrina was “just” a Category 3, and the areas it touched are still feeling the effects of its estimated $81 billion in property damage today. It was also one of the most lethal, with 1,836 deaths caused by the storm and the floods and chaos that followed. That makes Katrina the #1 costliest Hurricane in U.S. history and #3 in terms of deadliest (#1 was the Great Galveston Texas Hurricane of 1900, with 8,000 dead).
Katrina made landfall twice: (1) Florida on August 26, 2005 – CAT 2 and (2) Louisiana on August 29, 2005 – CAT 3. However, from August 28th at Noon (GMT) to August 29th at 3:00AM; Katrina was a category 5 (CAT 5) hurricane. At its peak, on August 28th, Katrina had sustained winds of 173 MPH. As bad as Katrina was, it weakened from a CAT 5 to CAT 3, just before striking Louisiana.
The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, produced FOUR CAT 5 storms: (1) Emily, 11-21 July, (2) Katrina, 23-31 August, (3) Rita, 18-26 September and (4) Wilma, 15-26 October. In total, 28 named storms occurred in the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, as shown below:
When and where will the next CAT 5 strike the United States?
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