No. 10 Miami hurricane (1926)
This placard remembers those lost during a hurricane that swept through Florida and into the Gulf states in September 1926. In all, 372 people died from the storm, and left more than 25,000 people in Miami homeless.
No. 9 Last Island storm (1856)
This chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the paths of storms from the 1856 Atlantic hurricane season. Storm No. 1., marked as a major hurricane, caused mass devastation to Last Island, Louisiana, killing at least 400 people.
No. 8 The Great Labor Day Hurricane (1935)
This 1935 file photo shows the wreckage of an 11-car passenger train that was derailed during “The Great Labor Day Hurricane” that struck the Florida Keys in September 1935. The storm is credited with killing 408 people and causing more than $6 million in damages.
No. 7 Hurricane Audrey (1957)
This 1957 file photo shows a group of people identifying victims from Hurricane Audrey, which swept through Louisiana in June 1957 and killed 416 people.
No. 6 Hurricane Five (1881)
Simply dubbed “Hurricane Five” by NOAA, the Category 2 storm swept through Georgia and South Carolina, killing 700 people.
No. 5 Sea Islands hurricane (1893)
The Sea Islands hurricane was one of three major storms to strike the U.S. that year. The Sea Islands hurricane hit land in Savannah, Georgia, killing approximately 1,000 people, mostly from storm surge. The storm also traveled up the east coast, causing damage as far north as Maine.
No. 4 Cheniere Caminada (1893)
Another major storm from 1893 hit Louisiana, hitting the town of Cheniere Caminada. This storm also killed approximately 1,100 people with a heavy storm surge, and caused extensive damage throughout the state of Louisiana.
No. 3 Hurricane Katrina (2005)
In this 2005 file photo, residents wait to be rescued while stranded on a rooftop after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. At least 1,800 people died in the disaster following Hurricane Katrina. FEMA estimated Katrina caused more than $108 billion in damages, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, according to NOAA.
No. 2 Lake Okeechobee hurricane (1928)
This placard marks a site where 674 black victims were buried following the Lake Okeechobee hurricane that struck in September 1928. The death toll was estimated at 2,500 after the storm slammed Palm Beach County with winds reaching more than 130 mph.
No. 1 The Great Galveston Hurricane (1900)
Large sections of Galveston, Texas, were reduced to rubble after a large hurricane swept through the city Sept. 8, 1900. Reports on the death toll vary between 6,000 and 8,000 fatalities. Historians note part of the reason for the high fatality numbers are inaccurate weather reports that stated the storm that had done some damage in Florida had turned north toward the Atlantic coast. The storm, however, moved into the Gulf of Mexico, along the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana. The storm damaged communication lines, which further impeded weather reports.