It's imperative to note that while more recent storms such as 2012’s Sandy may have been more powerful, advances in weather forecasting and improvements in mass communications have both saved lives. Before these advances, there was little warning of a storm’s track or power and so more people died during hurricanes.
1. Oct , 1780 Name: None Location: Barbados/ Martinique Deaths: 20,000+
2. Sept., 1900 Name: None Location: Galveston, TX Deaths: 8,000-12,000
3. Sept., 1974 Name: FIFI Location: Honduras Deaths: 8,000-10,000
4. Sept 1930 Name: None Location: Dominican Republic Deaths: 8,000
5. Oct. 1963 Name: FLORA Location: Haiti/Cuba Deaths: 7,193
6. Sept 1776 Name: None Location: Guatemala Deaths: 6,000
7. Sept 1775 Name: None Location: Newfoundland Deaths: 4,000
8. Aug 1899 Name: None Puerto Rico/Carolinas Deaths: 3,433
9. Sept. 1928 Name: None Location: Florida, Puerto Rico Deaths: 3,411
10. Nov 1932 Name: None Location: Cuba/Cayman Islands/Jamaica Deaths: 2,569
For a complete ranking of deadly storms, visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov.
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