Most Intense U.S. Mainland Hurricanes

 

Hurricane Katrina is a dangerous category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph.   As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the central pressure was 915 mb making it stronger than Hurricane Andrew which hit Florida in 1992.   It is the 3rd most intense hurricane to hit the mainland of the United States.   The chart below was put together by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.  

The most intense mainland United States hurricanes, 1851-2004 (includes only major hurricanes at their most intense landfall). Addendum for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rank Hurricane Year Category
(at landfall)
Minimum
Pressure (mb)
Minimum
Pressure (in)
1 Unnamed (FL Keys) 1935 5 892 26.35
2 Camille (MS, SE LA, VA) 1969 5 909 26.84
3 Andrew (SE FL, SE LA) 1992 5 922 27.23
4 TX (Indianola) 1886 4 925 27.31
5 Unnamed (FL Keys, S TX) 1919 4 927 27.37
6 Unnamed (Lake Okeechobee FL) 1928 4 929 27.43
7 Donna (FL, Eastern U.S.) 1960 4 930 27.46
8 Unnamed (New Orleans LA) 1915 4 931 27.49
8 Carla (N & Cent. TX) 1961 4 931 27.49
10 LA (Last Island) 1856 4 934 27.58

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