Nature can hit hard at times, demolishing almost everything in its path. Storms can reach speeds of up to hundreds of kilometers an hour, toppling trees, power lines and even houses.
Some storms, because of their severity, were even stripped from the list of names that meteorological agencies use to identify them.
Among these severe storms are storms that are not only powerful, but also deadly and costly. These tropical cyclones left thousands dead and up to billions in damages in their wake.
Ten storms, in particular, dealt the worst blows in recorded history.
10. Typhoon Gay (1989)
lso known as the Kavali Cyclone of 1989, Typhoon Gay made its way through Thailand and India with winds up to 260 km/h. Before it even made landfall, Typhoon Gay already took around 300 lives onboard vessels, including the oil drilling ship Seacrest, in the Gulf of Thailand. Homes and entire towns were wiped in Chumphon, Thailand and Andhra Pradesh, India, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Typhoon Gay killed 902 people and left 135 people missing, while the damages it dealt cost $521 million ($1.1 billion in 2017).
9. 1990 Andhra Pradesh cyclone
Almost a thousand people fell victim in Andhra Pradesh to a cyclone that rampaged the Indian state in May 1990. Most casualties were due to straw and hut houses succumbing to the 230 km/h winds of the cyclone. While the deaths and damage dealt by the cyclone was significantly less than the 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone, this cyclone still left $600M ($1.27B in 2017) in properties and crops damaged.
8. 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone
India’s first super cyclonic storm hit Andhra Pradesh with 250 km/h winds and a six meter high storm surge that took 14,204 people’s lives. Some estimates of the death toll climb as high as 50,000. Around 100 villages were wiped by the storm which left $498.5M ($2.1 B in 2017) in damages.
7. Typhoon Haiyan (2013)
Locally known as Super Typhoon Yolanda, Haiyan is considered one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in recorded history. Winds reached up to 315 km/h, while air pressure near the center—the primary basis to gauge the intensity of a storm—dropped to 895 mbar, and may have been lower. Yolanda ripped through the Caroline Islands, the Philippines, southern China, and Vietnam, with Samar and Leyte in the Philippines being the hardest hit. The death toll continued climbing for months, with the final death toll reaching 6,343, while 1,058 are still missing to this date. The super typhoon almost annihilated the town of Tacloban, caused a humanitarian crisis, and left $2.9 billion in damages.
6. Hurricane Gilbert (1988)
At the time that Hurricane Gilbert formed in the Atlantic, it was the most intense storm observed in the region. Hurricane Gilbert brought winds up to 295 km/h, while atmospheric pressure near its center dropped to 888 mbar, the second lowest in the Atlantic. The hurricane slammed through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and left 318 dead and $7.1 billion ($15 billion in 2017) in damages.
5. Hurricane Allen (1980)
This rare Cape Verde-type hurricane (hurricanes originating at low-latitude in the deep tropics, particularly from a tropical wave passing through Cape Verde) pounded the Caribbean, eastern and northern Mexico, and southern Texas with winds up to 305 km/h. Hurricane Allen is one the of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history. It killed 269 people and damaged $1.24 billion ($4.1 billion in 2017) worth of properties.
4. Cyclone Winston (2016)
Cyclone Winston broke several records when it hit Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Queensland in February last year. The cyclone’s life lasted for a month, became the strongest cyclone to form and make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere on record, and became the costliest cyclone in South Pacific history, damaging $1.4 billion of properties. Air pressure near the cyclone’s center dropped to 884 mbar, a record low in the Southern Hemisphere. Cyclone Winston also killed 44 people in its wake.
3. Hurricane Rita (2005)
Hurricane Rita is part of a trio of intense tropical cyclones during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, along with Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Katrina. Abnormally warm waters helped it attain 285 km/h winds which killed 97 to 125 people and wrecked $12 billion ($15.3 billion in 2017) in properties.
2. Hurricane Wilma (2005)
At the time Hurricane Wilma formed, it was the strongest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin and was the strongest in the western hemisphere. Hurricane Wilma’s 882 mbar air pressure near its center is a record low in the Atlantic. Its 295 km/h winds killed 87 and damaged $29.4 billion ($37.3 billion in 2017) in properties.
1. Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Hurricane Katrina remains as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, as it damaged a whopping $108 billion ($137 billion in 2017) worth of properties when it slammed through the Gulf Coast of the United States. Almost 2,000 people died due to storm surges and a levee failure.
Typhoons and storms can deal tremendous damage to properties, and can cost property owners a lot of money on repairs – if their property is even repairable.
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