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Major U.S. hurricanes since 1900


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MIAMI. Florida (CNN) -- Prior to Lili's landfall, 17 major hurricanes had pummeled U.S. coastal areas since 1900 -- all struck the U.S. mainland except Iniki which hit Hawaii in 1992, according to National Weather Service records.

Hurricane Andrew, recently upgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 5 storm a full decade after striking south Florida before moving onto Louisiana, was the last major hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States.

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HURRICANE HISTORY
The following Category 4 hurricanes have hit the United States since 1900.

Iniki:
September 1992, hitting the Hawaiian island of Kauai, $1.8 billion damage, 7 deaths

Hugo: September 1989, striking South and North Carolina after hitting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; more than $9 billion damage -- about $7.1 billion in Carolinas, 86 deaths (57 -- U.S. mainland, 29 -- U.S. Islands)

Carla: 1961, Texas

Donna: 1960, West Coast of Florida

Hazel: 1954, North Carolina and Virginia

Audrey: 1957, Louisiana

Unnamed Hurricanes:

1947 -- Texas and southwest Louisiana

1932 -- East Texas

Andrew -- called "the most destructive United States hurricane of record" by the National Hurricane Center -- did an estimated $27 billion in damage in August 1992, all but $1 billion in Florida.

It hit Florida with gusts measuring up to 177 mph and is blamed for 58 deaths, mostly in Florida. A greatly weakened Andrew slipped across the Gulf of Mexico before coming ashore in Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane.

Thousands left homeless

The southern end of Dade County bore the brunt of Andrew's fury. In its wake, 126,000 homes and 10,000 businesses were destroyed and 180,000 people left homeless.

Andrew is the costliest hurricane to date.

The other Category 5 storms to hit the United States were Hurricane Camille -- striking Mississippi and Louisiana in 1969 -- and an unnamed Hurricane that hit the Florida Keys September 2, 1935.

Camille slammed into the Pass Christian, Mississippi, area with winds gusting to 200 mph and water 24 feet above normal high tide, killing 143 people along the coast from Alabama into Louisiana.

Often called the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, the storm that hit the Keys is considered to be the strongest on record to hit the United States since record-keeping began, according to the National Weather Service.

The official death toll was 423, including 164 civilians and 259 World War I veterans living in three federal rehabilitation camps.



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