Ever since the National Weather Service began giving hurricanes names in 1954, Texas has been hit by 18 hurricanes. The 1900 hurricane in Galveston remains the deadliest storm in U.S. history with the loss of 6,000 lives. Hurricane Ike, which took the same path as of the 1900 storm, was the state’s last hurricane and costliest at $12 billion in insured losses. Texas Hurricanes list the names, location impact and cost of every named hurricane. Costliest Texas Stormsshows the insured losses in actual dollars.
Paths of Texas Hurricanes
Every hurricane that approaches Texas takes its own unique path once making landfall. Most hurricanes veer north and eastward upon landfall, while others have continued westward paths. Hurricane Paths show the direction of every named hurricane that has hit Texas.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on the Texas coast on Friday, August 25, 2017. Harvey battered and drenched Texas for days before finally moving out of the state. The heavy rains from Harvey caused catastrophic flooding throughout the Coastal Bend Region, the Houston area and Southeast Texas.
Hurricane Harvey, 08.25.17
Within 48 hours, Harvey grew from a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico to a Category 4 hurricane with wind gusts exceeding 150 mph. Harvey made landfall on the evening of Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, just east of Corpus Christi, striking the communities of Port Aransas and Rockport. Hurricane Harvey moved slowly forcing coastal residents to withstand hurricane force winds for several hours. Its storm surge reached 12 feet.
As Hurricane Harvey finally moved inland, it became a tremendous rain-making event that flooded a huge portion of southeast Texas including Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur. A record 60 inches of rain fell in Jefferson County. Tens of thousands of homes were flooded, most of them without flood insurance. A quarter of a million cars and trucks were flooded.
The Insurance Council of Texas placed insured losses on Hurricane Harvey at $19 billion, making it the costliest storm to ever hit Texas. The last hurricane to strike Texas was Hurricane Ike back on Sept. 13, 2008. Ike had been the costliest storm in the state with $12 billion in insured losses.
Click the infographic to the left to read all about Harvey related claims.
Watch our Hurricane Harvey video below.
Hurricane Harvey Survivor has Harrowing Ride of his Life, watch 7 minute interview with Robert Mitchell of Port Aransas.
Hurricane Ike, 09.13.08
Immediately after Hurricane Ike made landfall causing devastation in the Galveston area, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT began working on the production of a video documentary that would focus on the storm’s impact. ICT’s Mark Hanna got approval from ICT’s Board of Directors to reach out to KLRU-TV and utilize their cameramen and editors to document what happened from the 2008 storm. The hour-long documentary, Hurricane Ike, 09.13.08, was aired on 10 PBS television stations in Texas. The documentary was one of the reasons why ICT was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Awareness from the National Hurricane Conference in 2010. Below are the 60-minute and reduced 30-minute versions of the documentary.
Texans living along the Texas coast have learned valuable lessons from every hurricane that has hit the state. ICT has gathered much of what we have learned and placed in the brochure: