The Deadliest Hurricanes in U.S. History
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, 2005
Probably the costliest natural disaster ever to hit the U.S. estimates of the damages now total $81 billion Katrina hit the Bayou coast with 175-m.p.h. (280 km/h) winds and made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. About 80% of historic New Orleans was covered with water after the levees designed to protect it suffered 53 individual failures, and the low-lying city was inundated. Five years later, the region is still struggling to rebuild the devastated city.