The Deadliest Hurricanes in U.S. History

The Deadliest Hurricanes in U.S. History

San Felipe a.k.a. Okeechobee Hurricane, Florida, 1928
2,500 dead
This storm was only the second hurricane to reach Category 5 strength in the Atlantic Basin at the time of its landfall. Residents of the hard-hit Lake Okeechobee region had returned to their homes after hearing rumors that the storm had passed, but soon a surge of water covered hundreds of square miles around the lake; in some places it would reach up to 20 ft. (6 m) deep. Most of the people killed in the disaster were unidentifiable migrant farm workers.

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