Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on November 1, 2017.

Storm Stats

How do Harvey, Irma, and Maria stack up to other powerful cyclones that have made landfall in the United States?

COMPLIED BY ANGELO VERZONI

Harvey ranks as one of the deadliest on U.S. soil in the last 50 years

Deaths from hurricanes in the U.S. from 1967-2017

    Katrina (2005, Category 3) - 1,200
    Camille (1969, Category 5) - 256
    Agnes (1972, Category 1) - 122
    Harvey (2017, Category 4) - 82*
    Sandy (2012, Tropical Storm) - 72

*based on media reports which may include indirect deaths

All three rank as some of the costliest storms the country has ever seen

Damage estimates from hurricanes in the U.S. from 1900-2017 (in 2017 USD)

    Harvey - $180 billion*
    Katrina - $137 billion
    Irma (2017, Category 4) - $100 billion*
    Maria (2017, Category 5) - $95 billion*
    Sandy - $53 billion

*based on top-end estimates in media reports

And while rainfall was record-breaking during Harvey, it was also significant in Irma and Maria

    Harvey - 50+ inches
    Katrina and Irene (2011, Category 1) - 17 inches
    Maria - 20+ inches
    Irma - 15 inches

Just how much water in total did Harvey dump on U.S. soil? Approximately 33 trillion gallons of water fell on Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a calculation by the Washington Post. That’s enough to fill…

    Over 49 million Olympic-sized swimming pools
    The Empire State Building 119,228 times
    And about 3 percent of the Grand Canyon

(SOURCES: Media reports; National Hurricane Center at NOAA; NASA)