On September 12, 1988 a category 5 hurricane slammed into Jamaica. It left the island of Jamaica without electricity and cost 200 people their lives. Only two days later it made land fall in Cancun leaving 200,000 homeless. Another 228 lives were lost in Mexico; 200 were from flash floods and another 28 due to a ship wreck.
For its time, this was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States. It hit the Florida Keys on Labor Day 1935. It was a category 5 hurricane at the time of landfall. The 200 mph winds destroyed most man made structures. Due to late warnings most people were unable to evacuate the affected area. It left behind a death toll of 409 people.
On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made land fall. It was only a category 3 hurricane. Although the hurricane itself did do great damage, the aftermath of levees breaking led to major flooding. The storm killed nearly 2,000 people. It affected over 90,000 square miles of the US and cost over $100 billion in damages.
The Galveston Hurricane of 1990 is known as the deadliest natural disaster in the US. It made land fall in Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1990. Winds surpassing 135 miles per hour destroyed buildings and left a death toll of 6,00 to 12,000. This death toll was large due to the fact that the Galveston was not prepared for the strike. The U.S. Weather Bureau predicted the storm would pass over Florida instead of entering the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Mitch is the worst hurricane, because it caused a death toll of 11,000 people. Ranking it as one of the most deadly storms in the western hemisphere. Honduras and Nicaragua were hit hardest by the storm. Floods and high winds wiped away the entire infrastructure and crops for both countries. Hurricane Mitch was a category 5 when it made land fall in October of 1998.