Visualizing The World’s Worst Hurricanes In History

Published November 7, 2012
Updated November 9, 2023

The Worst Hurricanes: Hurricane Andrew

Devastating Hurricanes Andrew

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At the time Hurricane Andrew struck, it was named the most destructive hurricane in United States history. Forming in 1992, Andrew quickly gained strength and crossed the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, destroying nearly 800 homes and causing an excess damage of $200 million alone before making landfall in Florida.

In the U.S., Andrew caused incredible damage with flooding and winds exceeding 177 MPH. Dozens of vacation and local communities were devastated as Andrew moved across the state into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Andrew

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Hurricane Wilma

Devastating Hurricanes Wilma

Part of the 2005 season and like Hurricane Katrina before, Wilma was another remarkably powerful and destructive storm. Forming near Jamaica in early October, Wilma rapidly grew into a Category 5 storm as it tore through the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall on multiple islands, the United States, and Mexico.

Wilma was particularly unforgiving to coastal power structures, leading to power outages in areas of Florida for nearly a month after the storm had ended.

Hurricane Wilma

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Hurricane Wilma Photographs

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Savannah Cox
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Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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John Kuroski
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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Cox, Savannah. "Visualizing The World’s Worst Hurricanes In History." AllThatsInteresting.com, November 7, 2012, https://allthatsinteresting.com/worlds-worst-hurricanes-history. Accessed June 22, 2024.