Some Famous Hurricanes

Hurricanes causing extreme destruction are rare. But when they occur, there is no doubt about the trail of great damage or thousands of fatalities they leave behind. In this article, we will discuss some of the world famous hurricanes of the past.


Bhola cyclone
Bhola cyclone is one of the deadliest hurricanes on record, which killed more than 300,000 people. It hit the densely populated Ganges Delta region of Bangladesh on 13 November 1970. Its power and strength of the storm surge was responsible for the high death toll.

Typhoon Nina

This notable hurricane killed nearly 100,000 in China in 1975 due to a 100-year flood, causing 62 dams including the Banqiao Dam to be unsuccessful.

Hurricane Katrina

This well known hurricane is estimated to be the costliest tropical cyclone worldwide.

Damaging property for over $20 billion and with overall damage estimates more than $100 billion, Katrina killed at least 1,836 people. As a major hurricane in August 2005, it struck Louisiana and Mississippi.

Hurricane Andrew
One of the famous hurricanes in U.S history, Hurricane Andrew damaged property estimated to be totaling $40.7 billion.


The Great Hurricane
The deadliest hurricane on record in Atlantic, it killed about 22,000 people in the Lesser Antilles.
Typhoon Tip
The most intense storm and famous hurricane on record in the northwestern Pacific Ocean in 1979 was Typhoon Tip. Reaching a minimum pressure of 870 mbar and maximum continued wind speeds of 190 miles per hour, this notable hurricane however, does not solely hold the record for fastest sustained winds in a cyclone.

Cyclone Gafilo

In March 2004, Cyclone Gafilo hit northeastern Madagascar as a powerful and deadliest hurricane, killing 74, while affecting more than 200,000. It became the worst hurricane to strike the nation for more than 20 years.


Hurricane John
Another of the famous hurricanes, Hurricane John is the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record. It lasted 31 days in 1994. It is important to note that many tropical cyclones were underestimated in their durations, before the advent of satellite imagery in 1961.


Some of the other well known hurricanes are Tropical Storm Thelma in 1991 in the Philippines, Hurricane Paul killing around 1,000 people in Central America, Hurricane Mitch reasoned for more than 10, 000 victims in Latin America. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is the deadliest hurricanes and natural disaster in the United States, which killed an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people in Galveston, Texas.


In the history of Hawaii, Hurricane Iniki in 1992 was the most strong storm to strike. Other worst hurricanes in Eastern Pacific include Pauline and Kenna, both leading to ruthless damage after striking Mexico as major hurricanes