Total cost of damages (adjusted for inflation to 2017 dollars): $160 billion
Storm category: 3
Deaths attributed to storm in the U.S. (both direct and indirect*): 1,833
*Deaths occurring as a direct result of the forces of the tropical cyclone are referred to as “direct” deaths, according to the National Hurricane Center. These would include those persons who drowned in storm surge, rough seas, rip currents, and freshwater floods. Direct deaths also include casualties resulting from lightning and wind-related events (e.g., collapsing structures). Deaths occurring from such factors as heart attacks, house fires, electrocutions from downed power lines, vehicle accidents on wet roads, etc., are considered “indirect” deaths.