The Most Popular Hurricane: Ranking the Storms That Captivated the World

Choose the hurricane you think is the most popular!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 8, 2024 07:13
Unleash the power of your opinion by joining the eye of the storm in our latest ranking, "What is the most popular hurricane?" At StrawPoll, we're brewing up a whirlwind of excitement as we invite you to cast your vote for the most unforgettable hurricane in history. With thousands of polls and rankings on a diverse array of topics, we're now turning our attention to these awe-inspiring forces of nature. So, don't let your voice be swept away – dive into our interactive tempest, share your thoughts, and even suggest a missing option! Together, we'll navigate this swirling sea of opinions, and uncover which hurricane truly reigns supreme. Cast your vote now and let the winds of change blow across StrawPoll's rankings!

What Is the Most Popular Hurricane?

  1. 1
    Hurricane Katrina (2005)
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    1,833 deaths, $161 billion in damage
    Hurricane Katrina (2005) was a powerful and devastating tropical cyclone that made landfall in the United States. It is one of the most destructive and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, causing widespread damage and loss of life primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi.
    • Category: Category 5
    • Maximum wind speed: 175 mph (280 km/h)
    • Barometric pressure: 920 mbar (hPa)
    • Landfall: August 29, 2005 near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana, USA
    • Affected areas: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
  2. 2
    8,000 deaths, $30 million in damage
    The Galveston Hurricane of 1900, also known as the Great Galveston Hurricane, was one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. It struck the city of Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900, causing widespread destruction and claiming an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 lives.
    • Category: Category 4 hurricane
    • Maximum wind speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
    • Storm Surge: 15 feet (4.6 meters) high
    • Landfall: Galveston, Texas
    • Casualties: 6,000 to 12,000 deaths
  3. 3
    Hurricane Maria (2017)
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    3,057 deaths, $91.6 billion in damage
    Hurricane Maria was a powerful Category 5 hurricane that struck the Caribbean and caused significant damage in several islands, most notably Dominica and Puerto Rico. It made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h). The hurricane caused widespread destruction of infrastructure, including power outages that lasted for months in some areas. It resulted in the loss of numerous lives and caused an estimated $91.6 billion in damage across the affected regions.
    • Category: Category 5
    • Sustained Winds: 155 mph (250 km/h)
    • Landfall Date: September 20, 2017
    • Most Affected Islands: Dominica and Puerto Rico
    • Infrastructure Damage: Widespread destruction
  4. 4
    68 deaths, $125 billion in damage
    Hurricane Harvey (2017) was one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, causing catastrophic flooding primarily in the state of Texas. It made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Rockport, Texas on August 25, 2017. The hurricane brought torrential rain, storm surge, and high winds, leading to widespread devastation and loss of life.
    • Category: 4 (on the Saffir-Simpson scale)
    • Landfall location: Rockport, Texas
    • Landfall date: August 25, 2017
    • Affected areas: Primarily Texas, with impacts also felt in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee
    • Total rainfall: In some areas reached over 60 inches (1,500 mm)
  5. 5
    Hurricane Sandy (2012)
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    233 deaths, $70.2 billion in damage
    Hurricane Sandy (2012) was a powerful and deadly Category 3 hurricane that struck the Caribbean and the eastern United States, particularly the Northeastern states, in October 2012. It gained significant attention due to its immense size, extensive damage, and the number of lives it affected.
    • Category: Category 3
    • Landfall: Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Northeastern United States
    • Dates: October 22-31, 2012
    • Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph (185 km/h)
    • Storm surge: 14 feet (4.2 meters)
  6. 6
    Hurricane Ike (2008)
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    195 deaths, $38 billion in damage
    Hurricane Ike was a powerful and destructive hurricane that struck several countries, including the United States, in September 2008. It was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.
    • Category: Category 4
    • Maximum sustained winds: 145 mph (230 km/h)
    • Pressure: 935 hPa
    • Affected areas: Texas, Louisiana, and Cuba
    • Casualties: 112 direct, 82 indirect
  7. 7
    65 deaths, $27.3 billion in damage
    Hurricane Andrew (1992) was a powerful and devastating Category 5 hurricane that struck the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana in August 1992. It was one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history.
    • Category: 5
    • Landfall: Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana
    • Date: August 1992
    • Maximum sustained winds: 175 mph (280 km/h)
    • Barometric pressure: 922 hPa (27.23 inHg)
  8. 8
    134 deaths, $77.2 billion in damage
    Hurricane Irma (2017) was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record. It was a Category 5 hurricane that caused widespread destruction and catastrophic damage in several countries and territories, primarily in the Caribbean. It also impacted the southeastern United States, particularly Florida.
    • Category: 5
    • Wind Speed: Peak intensity of 185 mph (295 km/h)
    • Duration: August 30, 2017 – September 16, 2017
    • Affected Areas: Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
    • Casualties: 134 direct deaths, 87 indirect deaths
  9. 9
    22,000 deaths, unknown economic damage
    The Great Hurricane of 1780 was a powerful and deadly hurricane that struck the Caribbean in October 1780. It is considered one of the most intense and deadliest hurricanes in recorded history.
    • Intensity: Category 5 hurricane
    • Wind Speed: Estimated maximum sustained winds of 200 mph (320 km/h)
    • Path: Began near the Lesser Antilles and moved westward through the Caribbean Sea
    • Casualties: Estimated between 20,000 and 27,500 deaths
    • Areas Affected: Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and later Cuba and the Bahamas
  10. 10
    259 deaths, $1.42 billion in damage
    Hurricane Camille (1969) was one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes to make landfall in the United States. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico and hit the Gulf Coast on August 17, 1969, causing widespread devastation and loss of life.
    • Category: Category 5
    • Maximum sustained winds: 175 mph (280 km/h)
    • Central pressure: 26.84 inHg (907 mb)
    • Affected areas: Gulf Coast of the United States
    • Landfall: Near Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Ranking factors for popular hurricane

  1. Intensity
    The strength of a hurricane, usually measured by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which rates hurricanes on a scale of 1 to 5 based on their sustained wind speeds. Higher categories on the scale represent stronger and more damaging hurricanes.
  2. Duration
    The length of time a hurricane lasts, from its formation to its dissipation. Longer-lasting hurricanes could have greater impacts on land and sea.
  3. Size
    The extent of the storm, usually measured by the radius of maximum winds or the overall size of the storm's wind field. Larger hurricanes can affect a wider area and cause more widespread damage.
  4. Impact on the population
    The number of people affected by the hurricane, either through direct impacts like storm surge or wind damage or indirect impacts like flooding and displacement. More populous areas will have a greater number of people affected.
  5. Economic impact
    The damage caused by the hurricane to infrastructure, property, and businesses. The economic impact can be measured in terms of monetary loss, recovery efforts, and long-term effects on the economy of the affected region.
  6. Fatalities
    The number of lives lost due to the hurricane. This could be a direct result of the storm, such as drowning in storm surge, or an indirect result, such as injuries sustained during cleanup efforts or heart attacks triggered by stress.
  7. Historical significance
    The hurricane's place in history, such as breaking records for intensity, rainfall, or damage. Hurricanes that set new precedents or significantly alter our understanding of these storms can be considered more popular or memorable.
  8. Media coverage
    The amount and intensity of media coverage a hurricane receives can also contribute to its popularity. Some storms gain widespread attention, especially if they affect major urban areas or result in a significant loss of life or property.
  9. Response and recovery efforts
    How effectively the government and other organizations respond to the hurricane can also play a role in how it is remembered. If a storm is particularly notorious for a poor response or lack of preparation, it may be more popular or infamous as a result.
  10. Global reach
    Hurricanes that affect multiple countries or have wide-ranging impacts on global weather patterns can be considered more popular or significant compared to those that only impact a localized region.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most popular hurricane. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Hurricane is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 194 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Hurricane once every 24 hours. The rank of each Hurricane is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most popular hurricane

Background Information: Understanding the Most Popular Hurricane Hurricanes are one of the most powerful and destructive natural disasters that can occur. With wind speeds reaching up to 157 miles per hour or more, hurricanes can cause widespread damage to infrastructure, homes, and communities. Over the years, there have been many hurricanes that have made headlines and captured the attention of people around the world. But what exactly makes a hurricane popular? Is it the magnitude of the storm, the number of people affected, or the level of destruction it causes? The answer is not straightforward, as different factors can contribute to a hurricane's popularity. One way to gauge the popularity of a hurricane is by looking at the media coverage it receives. Hurricanes that are extensively covered by the media tend to be more well-known and talked about by people. Additionally, hurricanes that affect populated areas or cause significant damage tend to be more widely recognized. Another factor that can contribute to a hurricane's popularity is its name. The World Meteorological Organization has a list of names that are used for hurricanes, and some names may be more memorable or catchy than others. For example, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy are two storms that are well-known and widely recognized by people around the world. Overall, the popularity of a hurricane can be influenced by a range of factors, including media coverage, the extent of damage caused, and the name of the storm. As we continue to experience more severe weather events in the future, it's important to stay informed and prepared for the potential impact of hurricanes.

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