Top 10 costliest hurricanes

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Hurricane Sandy is about to hit the city that never sleeps. Almost 400.000 residents are evacuated, and it is estimated that about 50 million people will be affected by Sandy. In terms of diameter of Atlantic hurricanes, Sandy already set a new record with an astounding 930 miles. Hurricane Sandy might be the prelude to enormous economic loss, since it will come ashore on the economically most important region of the USA. Not only in terms of direct damages, but also indirectly by shutting down public transport, Dow Jones and major international airports. ‘Frankenstorm’ might enter our next list of costliest hurricanes in the next 24 hours.

Top 10 costliest hurricanes

  1. Hurricane Rita, 2005 – $ 10,5 billion
  2. Hurricane Hugo, 1989 – $ 14,5 billion
  3. Hurricane Agnes, 1972 – $ 15,2 billion
  4. Hurricane Ivan, 2004 – $ 18,1 billion
  5. Hurricane Charley, 2004 – $ 18,6 billion
  6. Hurricane Irene, 2011 – $ 19,0 billion
  7. Hurricane Andrew, 1992 – $ 26,5 billion
  8. Hurricane Wilma, 2005 – $ 29,2 billion
  9. Hurricane Ike, 2008 – $ 37,6 billion
  10. Hurricane Katrina, 2005 – $ 108,0 billion

Source: Atlantic Hurricane Records

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