Weather can be unpredictable and can cause a lot of damage if it is severe enough. Throughout history, there have been many deadly weather events that have caused loss of life and destruction of property. Here are 10 of the most deadly weather events in history.
The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900:
This hurricane caused the highest death toll of any natural disaster in American history, with an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 people killed. The storm caused a 15–foot storm surge, which flooded the city of Galveston and destroyed most of the buildings in its path.
The Bangladesh Cyclone of 1991:
This cyclone killed more than 140,000 people in Bangladesh, making it one of the deadliest cyclones in history. The storm brought with it a 20–foot storm surge and winds of up to 155 mph, which caused massive flooding and destruction in the region.
The Bhola Cyclone of 1970:
This cyclone caused the second deadliest death toll in history, with an estimated 500,000 people killed. The storm caused severe flooding, as well as high winds, in the Ganges Delta region of Bangladesh.
The Great Blizzard of 1888:
Also known as the White Hurricane, this blizzard brought with it below–freezing temperatures, hurricane–force winds, and heavy snowfall. The blizzard was responsible for more than 400 deaths in the northeastern United States.
The Heat Wave of 2003:
This heat wave caused the highest death toll in European history, with an estimated 70,000 people killed. The heat wave lasted for several weeks and brought with it temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.
The Tri-State Tornado of 1925:
This tornado caused the highest death toll of any single tornado in United States history, with 695 people killed. The tornado was over a mile wide and traveled more than 300 miles across three states.
The Great Beijing Flood of 1931:
This flood caused the second-highest death toll of any natural disaster in Chinese history, with an estimated 145,000 people killed. The flood was caused by heavy rains and the failure of a levee system, which caused widespread flooding in the Beijing area.
The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923:
This earthquake caused the highest death toll of any natural disaster in Japanese history, with an estimated 142,000 people killed. The earthquake caused a large–scale tsunami and fires that spread throughout Tokyo and Yokohama.
The Children’s Blizzard of 1888:
This blizzard was responsible for more than 200 deaths in the Midwest United States. The blizzard was sudden and unexpected, with temperatures dropping from warm to below zero in a matter of hours.
The Great Famine of 1845-1850:
This famine caused the highest death toll of any natural disaster in Irish history, with an estimated 1 million people killed. The famine was caused by the potato blight, which destroyed the potato crop and caused widespread malnutrition and starvation.
These are just some of the deadliest weather events in history. These events show just how powerful and destructive weather can be and how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather.