15 Most Costly Natural Disasters in the United States
Hurricane Hugo – $7 Billion
This storm that killed 49 people came ashore in South Carolina accompanied by a 20’ storm surge.
Great Flood of 1951 – $7 Billion
With some areas receiving as much as 19” of rainfall, three rivers combines to give a flow of 1.1 million cubic feet per second, causing the deaths of 28 people.
Blizzard of 1993 – $6.6 Billion
This blizzard was dubbed “Storm of the Century” and as well as closing down the south for 3 days, also caused the deaths of 79 people.
1989 Loma Priesta Earthquake – $6 Billion
This 6.9 quake caused freeways to be destroyed and also 69 people to die.
Tropical Storm Allison – $5.5 Billion
This storm created major flooding which was responsible for 41 deaths.