Created by atmospheric disturbances over warm ocean water, hurricanes are one of the most powerful weather events -- and are often deadly and destructive. Stretching for hundreds of miles across and wreak havoc when they make landfall -- like Hurricane Laura (pictured) which hit the US in August 2020. Look through the gallery to see more dramatic images that reveal the true power of hurricanes.
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These taxis were photographed in a flooded parking lot in Hoboken, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The superstorm made landfall on the east coast of the US, hitting 24 states and killed at least 147 people in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
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Stretching 650 miles from east to west, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean and the US state of Florida in 2017. In this photo, wrecked boats are seen on the island of St Martin, days after it sustained extensive damage in the wake of the hurricane.
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In September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, before making landfall in Puerto Rico, where it killed 2,975 people and left nearly all 3 million residents without electricity -- including in capital city, San Juan, seen in this photo during a blackout.
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When Hurricane Michael hit Florida in 2018, it was described as "a monster unlike any other." The home of Russell King and his nephew Lebron Lackey in Mexico Beach, Florida (pictured) was built to withstand 250-mph winds, and miraculously remained standing among the wreckage of the neighborhood.
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Hurricane Lane didn't make landfall -- but it still caused mass disruption in Hawaii, which was pounded with flash floods and extreme rain. This photo, taken from the International Space Station, shows it swirling in the Pacific Ocean towards the island state in August 2018.
When Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas in September 2018, it killed 32 people and left more than half a million without power. In this photo, US Coast Guard rescue swimmer Samuel Knoeppel, center, and Randy Haba, bottom right, approach Willie Schubert of Pollocksville, N.C., on a stranded van in Pollocksville.
The strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana in over 160 years, Hurricane Laura devastated infrastructure across the state and neighboring Texas in 2020. This drone photo shows the roof blown off of an AutoZone store along Nelson Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana in August 2021, leaving one million homes without power. In this picture, Philip Adams walks through what remains of his living room and kitchen, after the hurricane destroyed his home.
Still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years earlier, Puerto Rico was hit again in September 2022 by Hurricane Fiona. Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard rescue a woman stranded in her house in the aftermath (pictured). The hurricane eventually made its way to Canada, battering the coast of Newfoundland.
One of the strongest storms on record, Hurricane Ian hit Florida in September 2022, destroying homes and infrastructure with unprecedented rainfall and storm surges. This aerial picture taken on October 1, 2022 shows a broken section of the Pine Island Road and destroyed houses in Matlacha, Florida.