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Major U.S. Hurricanes

Following is Post coverage of costly hurricanes that have hit the United States and its territories.

1999 | 1998 | 1996 | 1995 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1989

  • Hurricane Floyd pounded into the southeastern seaboard, causing flooding of historic proportions and leaving thousands homeless.

  • Remnants of Hurricane Dennis -- the storm that battered the mid-Atlantic coast for a week -- drenched the Washington region, spawning a tornado watch and generally ruining Labor Day weekend plans for millions.
  • 1998
  • After a rampage that scourged the Caribbean killing hundreds, Hurricane Georges bullied the Florida Keys and shoved up the Gulf Coast as hundreds of thousands evacuated.
  • Hurricane Earl blew through the vacation towns of Florida's Panhandle, shattering glass but proving to be far less destructive than officials had feared.


  • Shellshocked residents of Virginia's Tidewater region began the arduous task of cleaning up after an overnight ambush by Hurricane Bonnie, which damaged hundreds of homes and cast most of the region into darkness before retreating.

    More Coverage:
    Bonnie Hammers North Carolina
    N.C. Cleans Up, Rejoices at Moderate Damage

  • 1996
  • Hurricane Bertha roared into the North and South Carolina coasts, strafing beach resorts with fierce 105-mph winds, dumping heavy rain and spawning tornadoes.

    More Coverage:
    Carolinas Clean Up the Mess Bertha Left
    Weakened Bertha Wreaks Havoc in Washington Area


  • Hurricane Fran swirled through North Carolina, leaving behind a path of twisted destruction, toppled beach houses and flooded island communities. The storm was blamed for at least 17 deaths.

  • 1995
  • Hurricane Erin struck the Central Florida Atlantic Coast, with wind gusts measured at up to 100 mph. Erin's next target was Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle, where gusts of 100 mph blew down power lines but caused no deaths.
  • Hurricane Felix unleashed a beating on beaches from North Carolina to New Jersey.


  • Hurricane Marilyn pummeled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with torrential rains and winds reaching 127 mph, destroying scores of buildings and sending thousands scurrying for shelter.


  • Hurricane Opal cut a deadly and destructive path through the South, killing 15 people in four states and battering the homes that line a 120-mile stretch of Florida's Gulf Coast beaches.

  • 1993
  • Hurricane Emily brushed North Carolina's fragile Outer Banks with winds of 115 mph, flooding villages, uprooting trees, snapping power poles and ripping roofs off buildings.

  • 1992
  • Hurricane Andrew scored a direct hit on Miami and Homestead, Fla., leaving at least 14 people dead and many thousands homeless and without power, food or drinking water. The storm crossed the Gulf of Mexico and took more lives in Louisiana.

    More Coverage:
    Andrew Lashes Louisiana
    Storm Loses Punch on Way to Washington
    Troops Arrive With Aid for Ravaged South Florida
    Hurricane's Fury Left 165 Square Miles Pounded to Ground


  • Iniki roared over Hawaii's Kauai and neighboring Niihau islands, putting thousands of hapless tourists and frightened residents to flight. Iniki claimed three lives.

  • 1991
  • Hurricane Bob unleashed rain and wind gusts to 138 mph on New England and forced tens of thousands of bewildered vacationers to seek safety in hastily established shelters.

  • 1989
  • Hurricane Hugo ripped through South Carolina just days after it slammed the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with heavy rain and winds of 125 mph.

    More Coverage:
    Hugo Still Haunts Virgin Islands
    D.C. Prepared, but Hugo Missed


  • Hurricane Jerry comes off the Gulf of Mexico and kills three people in Galveston, Tex.

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