The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane had estimated winds of 161 mile per hour, the third highest wind speed at landfall of any hurricane to strike the
United States. The wind speed is estimated, using hurricanes with similar pressure readings at landfall, because of the lack of wind instruments
at the time.
Five Hurricanes With the Highest Wind Speed
Wind Speed (mph)
"Labor Day" Hurricane
Data from NOAA.
Satellite Image of Hurricane Camille
This is a black and white satellite image of Hurricane Camille from 1969 while in the Gulf of Mexico before it hit Mississippi and Louisiana. Image by NOAA.
Satellite Image of Hurricane Katrina
Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina showing it's massive width while in the Gulf of Mexico before hitting New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi. Image by NOAA.
Costliest Hurricane in United States History
It is a common misconception that a lower category hurricane is less of a threat than a higher category hurricane. For example, Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in United States history and it was only a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall. Hurricane Andrew was the only Category 5 hurricane to make the list of the top five costliest hurricanes to strike the United States.
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