Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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30. Hurricane Harvey (August, 2017)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 937
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern Texas

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29. Hurricane Rita (September, 2005)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 937
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 155 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern Texas, southwestern Louisiana, Florida Keys

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28. Hurricane Isidore (September, 2002)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 936
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 110 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, eastern Mexico, Louisiana

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27. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 (September, 1900)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 936
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 120 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, southeastern Texas

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26. Hurricane Matthew (October, 2016)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 935
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 145 mph
> Affected area: Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas, South Carolina

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25. 1932 Freeport Hurricane (August, 1932)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 935
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern Texas

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24. Hurricane Felix (September, 2007)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 934
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 140 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Nicaragua

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23. Hurricane Hugo (September, 1989)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 934
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 120 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 140 mph
> Affected area: Leeward Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Carolinas

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22. Hurricane Fox (October, 1952)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 934
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Florida, Bahamas

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21. 1856 Last Island Hurricane (August, 1856)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 934
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Coastal Louisiana