Top U.S. Hurricanes From 1900 to 2000
In the 2000 Farmers’ Almanac, we listed the 100 most memorable weather events of the past 100 years. The list included tornadoes, blizzards, floods, droughts, and, of course, hurricanes. With two powerful hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) in less than 2 weeks making U.S. landfall, we thought we’d take a look back at 13 hurricanes that wreaked havoc on the U.S. during the 20th century.
- 1900 September 8 – The Great Hurricane Wave at Galveston Texas – A severe hurricane tide inundated this island city with up to 15 feet of water; over 6,000 perished; 3,600 houses were destroyed; damage estimates at $30 million.
*According to NOAA, in 1953, the United States began using female names for storms. The practice of naming hurricanes solely after women came to an end in 1978 when men’s and women’s names were included in the Eastern North Pacific storm lists. In 1979, male and female names were included in lists for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.