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13. What have been the most devastating hurricanes?

This question may have different answers depending on how the hurricanes are classified, either because of the number of victims or because of the material damage caused. Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, has been one of the most devastating hurricanes in the United States. It lasted 12 days and previously affected the Bahamas, where it formed as a tropical storm. Then it passed to the state of Florida and from there to Louisiana, reaching category 5. Homestead was the city most affected by the cyclone, with winds of up to 260 km / h or 162 mph, with a destruction of 25,000 houses and damage to another 100 one thousand. The economic losses amounted to 40,000 million dollars. Hurricane Katrina, in August 2005, caused more than 18,000 deaths in the United States, devastating the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, between Florida and Texas. The highest number of victims was recorded in New Orleans, flooded due to the collapse of its levee system. Almost the entire city, as well as some peripheral areas, were flooded for several weeks. The recent hurricanes Irma and María, both category 5, devastated the islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, San Martin, Turks and Caicos and Puerto Rico where material damage has been almost 100%, whose amount has not yet been quantified at the time to write this one

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