Hurricane Mitch, 1998
Hurricane Mitch was recognized as the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record -after the Great Hurricane of 1780– and the worst to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years.
This hurricane devastated Central America, particularly Honduras and Nicaragua, in late October 1998. It pours up to 4 inches of rain an hour for two days, causing mudslides and deadly flooding along the way.
The storm caused approximately 11,000 people dead (and thousands more missing) and property damage of roughly $6 billion.
Hurricane Maria, 2017
In September 2017, devastating the island and affecting all of its 3.4 million inhabitants.
Hurricane Maria was the second Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 season. Coming just two weeks after a brutal Irma. Maria reached landfall on the tiny island of Dominica with wind speeds of 175 mph. The official death toll from Maria is about 2,975 which was calculated almost a year after the disaster.
It is the costliest ¾damages are estimated at $125 billion (2005 USD)¾ and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States.
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