Top Ten most damaging U.S. hurricanes of all time...BEFORE "Sandy"....might surprise you.

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    Dec 14, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    Numbers for Sandy are still being added up....but, Culling the historical records and assigning today's $$$ to the areas affected...Number ONE is a relatively unknown storm, some others are WELL known names....

    http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/top-ten-hurricanes/
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    In Texas we been hit pretty bad many times! The last one Ike was a nasty one we had. It blew the roof out of my house and damaged my house pretty bad. It also killed a lot of ppl in Galveston, it damaged Galveston bad, that one summer. I remember we didn't have power for 3 exact weeks, power went out at 2 am and it came back three weeks after at 6pm. Those few weeks were hotter then a funeral home fan, in mid July!! I'm telling you!! Also I didn't see much federal help at all. It mainly was state assistance we had. I may be wrong, but Texas had more destruction and deaths then Sandy that year. We didn't get the attention or all these concerts NY is getting. Happy they can do that for all those victims.

    But Texans, come hell or high water. We'll charge hell with a bucket of ice water. 
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    http://environment.about.com/od/environmentalevents/f/dustbowl.htm

    Black Sunday in the Dust Bowl
    The worst dust storm of all hit on April 14, 1935—Black Sunday. Tim Egan, a New York Times reporter and best-selling author, wrote a book about the Dust Bowl years called, "The Worst Hard Time," which won the National Book Award. Here's how he described Black Sunday:

    "The storm carried twice as much dirt as was dug out of the earth to create the Panama Canal. The canal took seven years to dig; the storm lasted a single afternoon. More than 300,000 tons of Great Plains topsoil was airborne that day."
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    I personally experienced 3 out of the 10 hurricanes on the list. They were all horrifying. You can't really grasp the power of wind and water until you live through one of these things.
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    The Hurricane of 1900 killed 8,000 people. It is quite fascinating to research it and see how that hurricane impacted the rest of the city's history and even the history of Texas.
    I lived through Hurricane Ike which isn't on this list but was quite an experience as well. Evacuating for 4 weeks is no fun. Worst part being not knowing if you even had a house anymore.
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    Dec 14, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidThe Hurricane of 1900 killed 8,000 people. It is quite fascinating to research it and see how that hurricane impacted the rest of the city's history and even the history of Texas.
    I lived through Hurricane Ike which isn't on this list but was quite an experience as well. Evacuating for 4 weeks is no fun. Worst part being not knowing if you even had a house anymore.



    Hell, try evacuating for 2 months! And that whole time not knowing if your house is there. People don't realize what that feels like to literally not know if your home is still there or washed away with all your belongings in it. I think I lost like 20 pounds from not eating during those months from stress.
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    Dec 14, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said I think I lost like 20 pounds from not eating during those months from stress.


    There's always a silver lining.

    I lost 30 lbs to Katrina. It was the best thing she took from me. I had a foot and a half of water in my house - enought to ruin everything. It took over a year to get my life back together.
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    Dec 14, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    Yet the state with the fewest natural disasters (or so I've heard) is the only one which lost population in the last decade.
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    Dec 14, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    morleyq saidYet the state with the fewest natural disasters (or so I've heard) is the only one which lost population in the last decade.


    Michigan? o_O
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    Dec 14, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    Meh. I'm The Unsinkable Molly Brown. I survived Hurricane Betsy in a bathtub, David with a plywood shortage, Andrew with my parents off their meds and Sandy with elan.
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    Dec 14, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidThe Hurricane of 1900 killed 8,000 people. It is quite fascinating to research it and see how that hurricane impacted the rest of the city's history and even the history of Texas.
    I lived through Hurricane Ike which isn't on this list but was quite an experience as well. Evacuating for 4 weeks is no fun. Worst part being not knowing if you even had a house anymore.


    A very good book on this storm is "Isaac's Storm"