Hurricanes are large tropical storms with heavy sustained winds exceeding 74 miles per hour and large areas of rainfall. It forms and intensifies over tropical oceanic regions. The strong winds and excessive rainfall can produce abnormal rises in sea levels and flooding.

Below you will find the top 5 of worst hurricanes in the history of the United States:

1900 Galveston Hurricane – September 8, 1900

Hurricane (26282)The Galveston Hurricane started in Cuba on September 3 as a tropical storm. It made landfall on the city of Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900 as a category 4 Hurricane with estimated winds of 135 miles per hour. The hurricane caused great loss of life; an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people died as huge tides washed over the barrier island. The 1900 Galveston Hurricane is to date the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States.

Okeechobee Hurricane – September 16 and 17, 1928

The Okeechobee Hurricane is also known as the San Felipe Segundo Hurricane and hit during hurricane season the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Florida. This hurricane is the fourth strongest hurricane to ever hit the US mainland. The tropical storm breached the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee, flooding nearby towns. A total of 1,836 persons lost their lives in Florida, another 312 died in Puerto Rico. Also Martinique, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis and the Bahamas had fatalities because of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

Hurricane Katrina – August 25 – 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina is the deadliest hurricane of recent times. It made landfall as a category 4 hurricane and caused large flooding in New Orleans. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods. Hurricane Katrina is also known as the costliest natural disaster hitting the United States.

New England Hurricane of 1938 – September 20 – 22, 1938

The New England Hurricane of 1938 is also known as Great New England Hurricane or Long Island Express and was the first major hurricane to hit New England since 1869. The New England Hurricane of 1938 roared past North Carolina on September 20 and hit Long Island on September 22 as a category 3 hurricane. The storm killed between 600 and 800 people and destroyed or damaged nearly 60,000 homes.

The Great Labor Day Storm – September 2, 1935

The Great Labor Day Storm of 1935 was one of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States and is one of just three category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the United States with estimated winds of 200 miles per hour. Between 400 and 600 people were killed. Most of those occurred when an evacuation train carrying World War I veterans working on roadways, failed to reach their camps and was overturned.