Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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50. Hurricane Ivan (September, 2004)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 946
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 145 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Alabama, Louisiana

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49. Hurricane Audrey (June, 1957)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 946
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 110 mph
> Affected area: Gulf Coast states

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48. Hurricane Sandy (October, 2012)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 945
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 70 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 100 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, U.S. East Coast

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47. Hurricane Ike (September, 2008)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 945
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Louisiana, southeastern Texas

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46. Hurricane Luis (September, 1995)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 945
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 120 mph
> Affected area: Leeward Islands, Bermuda

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45. Hurricane Emily (July, 2005)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 944
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 140 mph
> Affected area: Grenada, eastern Mexico

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44. 1915 New Orleans Hurricane (September, 1915)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 944
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, eastern Mexico, Central and South America, southern U.S.

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43. 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane (September, 1947)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 943
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, southern U.S. states

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42. Hurricane Opal (October, 1995)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 942
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Eastern Mexico, Alabama, Florida

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41. Hurricane Gloria (September, 1985)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 942
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 90 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, U.S. East Coast, New England