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Top Ten Costliest Hurricanes: The Boater’s List

Hurricanes have caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage.

June 26, 2014
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Top Ten Costlest Hurricanes
Keyport, New Jersey before and after Hurricane Sandy. NOAA

This year, the experts expect a relatively quiet hurricane season. But we have had some big, damaging storms in the last decade. How do they rank? Here’s a list of the costliest hurricanes of all time. Damages are in billions of dollars.

Katrina – 2005 – $125 – Category 5

Sandy – 2012 – $68 – Category 3

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Ike – 2008 – $37.5 – Category 4

Wilma – 2005 – $29.3 – Category 5

Andrew – 1992 – $26.5 – Category 5

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Ivan – 2004 – $23.3 – Category 5

Irene – 2011 – $16.6 – Category 3

Charley – 2004 – $15.1 – Category 4

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Rita – 2005 – $12.0 – Category 5

Frances – 2004 – $9.85 – Category 4

Takeaway: Hurricane force winds are deadly. But, along the coast, storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property.

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Check out the process for naming hurricanes.

Check out the Top 10 Deadliest Hurricanes of All Time.

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