Most Destructive Hurricanes in US

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America’s costliest hurricanes

HURRICANES that tear up America’s east coast in the way Irene did this weekend are rare compared with those that slam into the Gulf coast and Florida. But getting up to New York, and indeed New England, is not unheard of. Hurricane Carol hit Long Island 57 years ago today, and while considerably smaller than Irene but still managed to get into the top 20 list of hurricanes as ranked by damage to property. How Irene will fare on the damage scale remains to be seen. Though the harm done by its storm surges and winds was less than some had been predicting, inland flooding due to torrential rain has been severe and extensive. 1954’s Carol was followed just a couple of weeks later by Edna, which for the most part followed a pretty similar track. There is no particular reason to expect such a one-two combination repeated. But this year’s is proving an unusually busy storm season, and it is not even at its halfway point yet.( economist)


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