The Most Expensive Hurricanes In History (SLIDESHOW)



As if we didn’t have enough problems, today marks the start of Hurricane Season. It runs until November 30th.

Forecasters are anticipating a moderate season. Specifically, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates 9 to 14 storms, including 4 to 7 hurricanes.  Last year there were 8 hurricanes.

Of course, it’s not the quantity of hurricanes that matters.  It’s the, um, quality.  Specifically, it just takes one well-aimed doozy to destroy a city. 

You can’t really put a price tag on storm damage because they destroy a lot more than stuff.  But the dollars sure do add up.

Here’s a list of the 15 most expensive storms in US history, courtesy of Weather Underground.  It puts the recession/banking/auto crisis in perspective (and not in a good way…  AIG has already cost twice as much as Hurricane Katrina).

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