How bad is Hurricane Harvey? Damage estimates rising as fast as flood water

How bad is Hurricane Harvey? Damage estimates rising as fast as flood water

CLEVELAND, OH (CNN) - While people continue to try and survive Hurricane Harvey the latest damage estimates will make it one of the top three most damaging hurricanes in U.S. history. Early estimates said Houston alone was looking at $20 billion in damage. The latest number for the entire are is somewhere between $30 and $40 billion putting it in third on the list of most damaging hurricanes.

The number could rise as rain continues to pound the area for the next few days.

Here is a look at the seven most devastating hurricanes in United State history:

7. Hurricane Charley (2004) $15.1 billion 

This powerful hurricane hit the southwest coast of Florida.

6. Hurricane Irene (2011) $15.8 billion

Hurricane Irene hit a huge section of the east cost starting in the Carolinas and stretching up north. Flooding inland was a huge problem and accounted for the majority of the damage.

5. Hurricane Ivan (2004) $18.8 billion 

Hurricane Ivan made landfall in the Florida panhandle and the Alabama cost line. Making it's way inland it would go on to cause damage and flooding all the way up to New York and New Jersey.

4. Hurricane Andrew (1992) $26.5 billion 

Hurricane Andrew was small but mighty. Hitting central Florida as a category 5 hurricane. It hit a second time when it circled back and hit south central Louisiana as a category 3.

3. Hurricane Ike (2008) $29.5 billion 

Hurricane Ike was only a category 2 hurricane when it made landfall in central Texas but because of it's massive size it created a huge surge in water coming in from the Gulf of Mexico sending flood waters deep into Texas and Louisiana.

2. Hurricane Sandy (2012) $71.4 billion

Hurricane Sandy was another storm with a huge path of destruction mainly due to flooding. After picking up power in the Atlantic Ocean it turned into New York and New Jersey. Even Cleveland saw wind and rain damage after Sandy made it's way inland.

 1. Hurricane Katrina (2005) $108 billion 

Not a lot of people remember Katrina hit in Southern Florida first as a category 1 hurricane and then moved out into the Gulf of Mexico, picking up power, and then slamming into Louisiana as a category 5. Not only is Katrina the costliest hurricane, it is the costliest natural disaster in US history.

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