Climate and Weather


Which hurricane in the United States was the most destructive?

The economic loss caused by Hurricane Katrina is estimated at $100 to $150 billion making it the costliest natural disaster in United States. The death toll for Katrina was less than 2,000, which is significant although nowhere near the death toll of at least 8,000 during the Galveston hurricane in 1900. Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana as a category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 miles per hour (201 kilometers per hour) on August 29, 2005. The coastal areas of Louisiana (including New Orleans), Mississippi, and Alabama suffered extensive damage.


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