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Subject: E13) What have been the costliest tropical cyclones in the United States?

Contributed by Chris Landsea (NHC)

This table lists the 30 costliest tropical cyclones to strike the U.S. mainland 1900-2013. No monetary estimates are available before 1900 and figures are not adjusted for inflation. The second table reorders the first list after adjusting to 2013 dollars. Non-CONUS tropical cyclones are listed as addenda to these tables.

The third table also lists the thirty costliest hurricanes 1900-2005 assuming that a hurricane having the same track, size and intensity as noted in the historical record would strike the area with 2005 population totals and property-at-risk. Because of the complex formulation, updating this table will have to await an update of the referenced publication. (Pielke et al 2006).


Last updated : May 22, 2013

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