2005 Hurricane Season
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active in recorded history. Warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures combined with paths over very warm ocean currents enabled many storms to rapidly intensify. There seems to be no end to this active trend which began in 1995. As ocean water temperatures continue to rise, so will the chances of hurricanes developing.
Millions of lives were changed by the record-setting 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Breaking the old record of two category 5 hurricane set in 1960 and 1961, seven named storms made United States landfall during 2005 (Arlene, Cindy, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Tammy and Wilma).
“This hurricane season shattered records that have stood for decades — most named storms, most hurricanes, and most category five storms. Arguably, it was the most devastating hurricane season the country has experienced in modern times,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
TOP 10 COSTLIEST HURRICANES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)
(1) Property losses only. Excludes flood damage covered by the federally administered National Flood Insurance Program. Ranked on dollars when occurred. As of April 17, 2020.
(2) Insurance Information Institute estimate based on data from catastrophe risk modelers, reinsurance companies, the Property Claims Services unit of Verisk Analytics, the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. These estimates are preliminary because the organizations involved periodically resurvey the events, and the severity of losses and other factors create a high level of uncertainty surrounding the ultimate loss figures.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, catastrophe risk modelers, reinsurance companies, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the Property Claim Services® (PCS®) unit of ISO®, a Verisk Analytics® company, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.