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Buzz Mills
09-12-2005, 01:37 PM
Pre-Katrina, the 10 costliest tropical cyclones to strike the U.S. mainland, with addendum for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Damages are listed in US dollars and are not adjusted for inflation.

Rank Hurricane Year Category Damage
1 Andrew (SE FL, SE LA) 1992 5 26,500,000,000
2 Charley (SW FL) 2004 4 15,000,000,000
3 Ivan (AL/NW FL) 2004 3 14,200,000,000
4 Frances (FL) 2004 2 8,900,000,000
5 Hugo (SC) 1989 4 7,000,000,000
6 Jeanne (FL) 2004 3 6,900,000,000
7 Allison (N TX) 2001 TSa 5,000,000,000
8 Floyd (Mid-Atlantic & NE U.S.) 1999 2 4,500,000,000
9 Isabel (Mid-Atlantic) 2003 2 3,370,000,000
10 Fran (NC) 1996 3 3,200,000,000

The rough estimate for Katrina is between 100 and 200 billion (probably 200 billion). Congress, so far, has approved 62.5 billion in aid.