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Subject: E14)What have been the most intense hurricanes to strike the United States?

Contributed by Chris Landsea (NHC)

The most intense mainland
United States hurricanes
by central pressure

1851-2013
RANK HURRICANE YEAR CATEGORY
(at landfall)
MINIMUM PRESSURE
Millibars Inches
1FL (Keys)1935589226.35
2CAMILLE (MS/SE LA/VA)1969590026.58
3KATRINA (LA)2005392027.17
4ANDREW (SE FL/SE LA)1992592227.23
5TX (Indianola)1886492527.31
6FL (Keys)/S TX1919492727.37
7FL (Lake Okeechobee)1928492927.43
8DONNA (FL/Eastern U.S.)1960493027.46
9LA (New Orleans)1915493127.49
9CARLA (N & Central TX)1961493127.49
11LA (Last Island)1856493427.58
12HUGO (SC)1989493427.58
13FL (Miami)/MS/AL/Pensacola1926493527.61
14TX (Galveston)1900493627.64
15RITA (NE TX,W LA)2005393727.67
16GA/FL (Brunswick)1898493827.70
17HAZEL (SC/NC)1954493827.70
18SE FL/SE LA/MS1947494027.76
19N TX1932494127.79
19CHARLEY (SW FL)2004494127.79
21GLORIA (Eastern U.S.)19853&94227.82
21OPAL (NW FL/AL)19953&94227.82
--SANDY (NJ/NY/CN)20121%94227.82
23FL (Central)1888394527.91
23E NC1899394527.91
23AUDREY (SW LA/N TX)19574#94527.91
23TX (Galveston)19154#94527.91
23CELIA (S TX)1970394527.91
23ALLEN (S TX)1980394527.91
29New England1938394627.94
29FREDERIC (AL/MS)1979394627.94
29IVAN (AL, NW FL)2004394627.94
29DENNIS (NW FL)2005394627.94
33NE U.S.1944394727.97
33SC/NC1906394727.97
35LA (Chenier Caminanda)1893394827.99
35BETSY (SE FL/SE LA)1965394827.99
35SE FL/NW FL1929394827.99
35SE FL1933394827.99
35S TX1916394827.99
35MS/AL1916394827.99
41NW FL1882394928.02
41DIANA (NC)19843+94928.02
41S TX1933394928.02
44WILMA (SW FL)2005395028.05
44GA/SC1854395028.05
44LA/MS1855395028.05
44LA/MS/AL1860395028.05
44LA1879395028.05
44BEULAH (S TX)1967395028.05
44HILDA (Central LA)1964395028.05
44GRACIE (SC)1959395028.05
44TX (Central)1942395028.05
44JEANNE (FL)2004395028.05
44IKE (TX/LA)2008295028.05
54SE FL1945395128.08
54BRET (S TX)1999395128.08
56LA (Grand Isle)1909395228.11
56FL (Tampa Bay)1921395228.11
56CARMEN (Central LA)1974395228.11
56IRENE (NC)2011195228.11
56SC/NC1885395328.14
56S FL1906395328.14
61GA/SC1893395428.17
61EDNA (New England)1954395428.17
61SE FL1949395428.17
61FRAN (NC)1996395428.17
61GUSTAV (LA)2008295428.17
65SE FL1871395528.20
65LA/TX1886395528.20
65SC/NC1893395528.20
65NW FL1894395528.20
65ELOISE (NW FL)1975395528.20
65KING (SE FL)1950395528.20
65Central LA1926395528.20
65SW LA1918395528.20

Notes :
Includes only major hurricanes at their most intense landfall.
&Highest category justified by winds.
#Classified 4 because of estimated winds.
+Cape Fear, NC area only; was a category 2 at final landfall.
%Storm post-tropical at landfall

ADDENDUM
non-CONUS storms
RANK HURRICANE YEAR CATEGORY
(at landfall)
MINIMUM PRESSURE
Millibars Inches
4DAVID (S of PR)1979492427.29
9San Felipe (PR)1928593127.49
18HUGO (USVI & PR)1989494027.76
44INIKI (KAUAI, HI)1992UNK95027.91
65DOT (KAUAI, HI)1959UNK95528.11


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