The Worst Storms in U.S. History [PHOTOS]
Will Hurricane Sandy Make the Top 5?
Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. "Frankenstorm," is preparing to wallop the east coast, but will it go down as one of the worst storms in U.S. history?
We hope not. But it got us wondering which storms do make that list. Sadly, it seems to depend on the number of people killed and the amount of damage done. Another figure often taken into account is how much it cost to repair and clean up the damage -- which is why the most devastating hurricane in recent memory, Hurricane Katrina, ranks third.
Scarily, even when precautions are taken, sometimes Mother Nature can prove a much stronger force, like in 1928 when the Lake Okeechobee storm caused the lake to overpower and break the dike, leading to deadly flooding and over 4,000 dead.
Which other storms qualify as the worst in our nation's history? Read on.
The Sea Island Hurricane (1893)
After ripping its way through the Bahamas, this terrifying hurricane reached U.S. soil on August 27, 1893. Although there's no exact number on how many were killed, it's estimated to be as high as 2,000 people, most of who drowned. The most extreme damage was done when it passed through Georgia and South Carolina before making its way up the east coast.