Deadliest US hurricanes

We're deep into the Atlantic hurricane season, and 2013 has already seen several named storms. As coastal communities ready themselves for a predicted active season, we take a look back on the 15 deadliest hurricanes to make landfall on the continental U.S. since 1900.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Feb 20, 2014 1:06PM
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I along with my family rode out Audrey in the attic of my grandfather's house on Pecan Island.
Being very young, I remember only the darkness of the attic. We made it threw where others were not so lucky. Thank goodness for the line of trees that stopped us from sweeping into White Lake.
Nov 19, 2013 5:31PM
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Wow!  And I thought it was awful when the deracho hit va. with 80 mph winds.  That just proves how much I need to think God for keeping me safe.  When ever I go through a storm in any walk of life I have the perfect solution!  Prayer.  I have been saved for almost 7 years and one thing I know is that every storm that I have went through He has never failed to pull me out of it.  He can do it for you too!!

Nov 9, 2013 8:48AM
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I have been thru 5 lots of losses in 1 but still here
Aug 31, 2013 2:30PM
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The hurricane of 1938, in addition to the massive destruction of life and property, actually changed the coastline of Long Island.  The Shinnecock Inlet was formed, and to this day, the barrier beaches are changing due to that inlet.  Areas east of the inlet are gaining sand, and west of the inlet are losing it, thus causing the continual erosion of Fire Island.
Aug 20, 2013 12:50PM
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Sandy didn't kill the NJ shore, Govr Christy did that when he gave Revel $1.4 B dollars. No ROI on that.

Eleven casinos are too much.

He has $200B in under covered expenses for teachers, firemen, police and State workers retiring at 80% pay ie avg $75-85k per yr plus full health benefits. Och !!!

He needs to cut the same deal as GM a 60% only pay on benefits or file NJ for bankruptcy now !!!

Aug 20, 2013 10:48AM
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Wow, really neat photos!  My father (age 94) was a commercial fisherman/lobsterman during that time from the area of Stonington Ct.

He spoke of this storm when we were kids. I can see now he did not embellish the facts...looked like a bad storm. This storm almost took him and his crew out! They were fishing offshore of the Rhode Island beaches when it started getting windy and rough. They just made it in when this thing struck. I guess in those days they might of had a barometer at best. When the air pressure fell below a threshold, you ran like hell!

Aug 20, 2013 10:34AM
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It does seem that the power that be in making this list forgot one Name CARLA  kind forgot about her didn't Ya Sept 3rd 1961. hmmm yep kinda of a useless list
Aug 20, 2013 9:23AM
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the worst for me was Hurricane Katrina. Katrina turn my life up side down and I haven't recover from it
Aug 20, 2013 8:36AM
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My father said the 1938 Hurricane was the worst he saw in his lifetime.

There is a famous picture of General Marshall on Fire Island checking on the damage to his wife's property in Saltaire.

Aug 20, 2013 6:16AM
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Wow.  1900 Galveston TX hurricane was not overlooked being the first one shown above. 
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