These Photos Show How Much Damage Hurricanes Leave Behind

Blizzards, tornados, and floods are terrible natural disasters, but hurricane damage is far worse. After all, the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history did more than $652 billion worth of damage. Between the strong winds, heavy rain, flooding, and health issues after the fact, hurricanes are dangerous and scary when they arrive and they leave behind plenty of devastating damage. Let’s take a look at some hurricane damage left by storms that hit in and around the United States over the years (as well as show the silver lining that comes after a hurricane passes at No. 7 on the list).

1. Staggering numbers surrounding Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey damage in Rockport, Texas

An abandoned car in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey passed. | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Photo date: Aug. 26, 2017

When you see some of the numbers concerning Harvey’s 2017 landfall, it’s easy to see how the damage was so significant.

  • The storm dumped 20 trillion gallons of rain in Texas and Louisiana, according to ABC News.
  • It made landfall twice as a hurricane in Texas and as a tropical storm in Louisiana.
  • Emergency services in Houston received 900 distress calls per hour at the height of the storm.

Next: Damage where it wasn’t expected.

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