Stormy Weather

Hurricanes, Monsoons, and Tropical Storms

What U.S. cities have been wiped out by hurricanes?

Deadliest Hurricanes and Cyclones in the World, 1900 to 2008

Since the nineteenth century, several U.S. cities have been destroyed, or nearly destroyed, by hurricanes.

U.S. Cities Destroyed by Hurricanes

City Year
Tampa, FL 1848
Indianola, TX 1886
Galveston, TX 1900
Miami, FL 1926
Pass Christian, MS 1969
Biloxi, MS 1969
Homestead, FL 1992
New Orleans, LA 2005

A mangrove swamp on Yap Island in Micronesia helps prevent shoreline damage from tsunamis and cyclones. Part of the reason many populated areas of the world have become vulnerable is because plant life such as mangrove trees has been removed. (photo by Ben Mieremet, Senior Advisor OSD, NOAA)

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