5 Deadliest Hurricanes in U.S. History

As Tropical Storm Fay claims lives in the Caribbean and threatens Florida, we look at past hurricanes.

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The five hurricanes that have taken the most lives:

  1. Galveston, Texas, 1900: 8,000 deaths
  2. Lake Okeechobee, Fla., 1928: 2,500 deaths
  3. Katrina (La./Miss.), 2005: 1,800 deaths
  4. Cheniere Caminanda, La., 1893: 1,100 - 1,400 deaths
  5. Sea Islands (S.C., Ga.), 1893: 1,000-2,000 deaths

Source: National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center