Some famous hurricane names are Katrina, Andrew, Camille and Sandy. Sandy, which devastated parts of the northeast coast of the United States in October 2012, was also considered a "superstorm."Continue Reading
Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the deep south of the United States in late August 2005. The hurricane itself was not that powerful. It was only a Category 3 and had sustained winds of 100 to 140 miles per hour. While that kind of hurricane can do a great deal of damage, what made Katrina especially catastrophic was what happened in its wake. One of the cities the storm affected was New Orleans, much of which lies below sea level and is protected by levees. The hurricane weakened some of these levees, and they eventually failed. The failed levees were in poor neighborhoods, and many of the residents could not evacuate because they didn't have access to transportation. In the end, the storm and its aftermath killed over 2,000 people.
Hurricane Camille ravaged the southern United States and Cuba between Aug. 14 and 22, 1969. Camille was a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. It killed 259 people. Hurricane Andrew, another Category 5 storm, wrecked Florida in August 1992. Andrew's winds were so violent that they destroyed the instruments set up to measure it. Only Katrina was more destructiveLearn more about Storms