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Most Intense U.S. Storms

Most Intense U.S. Storms

Rank

Name

Location

Year

Category

Pressure**

1

*

Florida Keys

1935

5

26.35

2

Camille

Mississippi/Louisiana

1969 

5

26.84

3

Andrew

Florida/Louisiana

1992 

4

27.23

4

*

Florida Keys/South Texas

1919

4

27.37

5

*

Lake Okeechobee, FL

1928

4

27.43

6

Donna

Florida/Eastern U.S.

1960

4

27.46

7

*

Galveston, Texas

1900

4

27.49

7

*

Grand Isle, Louisiana

1909

4

27.49

7

*

New Orleans

1915

4

27.49

7

Carla

Texas

1961

4

27.49

  *  Storms were not named until 1950.

**  Pressure is measured in inches of mercury.  The most powerful storms have the lowest barometric pressure.  The National Hurricane Center ranks a storm's intensity by its barometric pressure because wind speeds are too variable.  Wind speeds taken before 1950 often were recorded by unreliable equipment.

 

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