Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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10. “The Great Indianola Hurricane” (August, 1886)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 925
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern Texas

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9. Hurricane Andrew (August, 1992)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 922
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 145 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Florida, Louisiana

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8. Hurricane Maria (September, 2017)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 920
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 135 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Puerto Rico, northeastern Caribbean islands

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7. Hurricane Katrina (August, 2005)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 920
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

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6. Hurricane Irma (September, 2017)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 914
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 155 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 155 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Florida

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5. Hurricane Janet (September, 1955)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 914
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 150 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Mexico

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4. Hurricane Dean (August, 2007)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 905
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 150 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Jamaica, eastern Mexico,

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3. Hurricane Gilbert (September, 1988)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 900
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 140 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 160 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Central America, parts of U.S.

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2. Hurricane Camille (August, 1969)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 900
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 150 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 150 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, southern U.S.

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1. “The Labor Day Storm” (September, 1935)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 892
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 160 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 160 mph
> Affected area: Andros Island, Florida Keys