FAQ’S ABOUT HURRICANES
FAQ’S about Hurricanes with short answers
11. What have been the most devastating hurricanes?
This question may have different answers depending on how the hurricanes are classified, either by the number of victims or by the material damages caused. Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, has been one of the most devastating hurricanes in the United States. It lasted 12 days and previously affected the Bahamas, where it formed as a tropical storm. It then moved to Florida and later to Louisiana, reaching Category 5. Homestead was the city most affected by the cyclone, with winds of up to 260 km / h or 162 mph, with a destruction of 25,000 houses and damage to another 100 one thousand. Economic losses amounted to $ 40 billion. Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 caused more than 18,000 deaths in the United States, devastating the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, between Florida and Texas. The largest number of casualties occurred in New Orleans, flooded due to its collapsed levee system. Almost the entire city, as well as some outlying areas, were flooded for several weeks. The recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria, both of category 5, swept the islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, San Martin, Turks and Caicos and Puerto Rico where material damages have been almost 100%, whose amount has not yet been quantified at the moment of writing this one.