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The Most Expensive Hurricanes Ever to Hit the U.S.

Hurricane season stretches from June to November each year. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts above-normal activity for 2017, with the potential of two to four major hurricanes hitting the U.S.

All natural disasters have the capability to disrupt lives. But hurricanes tear through hometowns, leaving nothing but rubble in their wake. They combine many forces of nature, including damaging winds, torrential rains, and severe tornadoes, leaving survivors to pick up the pieces — both emotionally and financially.

Recently, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in October 2016 as a Category 1 storm, ripping through coastlines from Florida to North Carolina. It caused $10.1 billion in damage, but its wreckage was nowhere near the record for the costliest hurricanes in history. With the help of Bloomberg, we’ve narrowed down the 15 most expensive hurricanes to ever hit the United States.

15. Georges (1998)

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trees down on street Hurricane Georges damage is seen in Key West, Florida. | Florida Keys Public Libraries/Wikimedia Commons

Estimated cost: $8.9 billion

Hurricane Georges attacked Key West, Florida, before striking Biloxi, Mississippi, as a Category 2 storm. Although it was spewing winds of 110 mph, the system moved slowly, causing massive flooding and property damage. At the time, insured property damage across the southern towns totaled over $2.9 billion, according to the National Weather Service.

Rural parts of Mississippi saw dirt roads completely washed away, and river flooding destroyed agriculture production. Soybeans, cotton, pecans, and peanut crops were demolished, which contributed heavily to the overall economic impact of Georges. The storm was also responsible for 16 deaths, according to Bloomberg.

Next: Hurricane Floyd terrorizes the East Coast.

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