Was Hurricane Ian the most expensive hurricane to hit Florida? Where Category 4 storm ranks

Clayton Park
Daytona Beach News-Journal

When all the damages are finally tallied, Hurricane Ian could go down as the costliest to ever hit Florida.

Moody's Analytics' RMS risk-modeling and solutions company estimates total damages from Ian could run as high as $84 billion, counting both private insurance and National Flood Insurance Program claims.

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Here's a look at where Ian could potentially rank on the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) list of the costliest hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State, ranked by total damage in 2022 dollars:

1. Hurricane Ian (2022): $84 billion*

2. Hurricane Irma (2017): $59.5 billion

3. Hurricane Andrew (1992): $55.9 billion

4. Hurricane Michael (2018): $29 billion

5. Hurricane Wilma (2005): $27.9 billion

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Here's where Ian could potentially rank on NOAA's list of the costliest hurricanes in United States history:

  1. Hurricane Katrina (2005): $186.3 billion
  2. Hurricane Harvey (2017): $148.8 billion
  3. Hurricane Maria (2017): $107.1 billion
  4. Hurricane Ian (2022): $84 billion*
  5. Hurricane Sandy (2012): $81.9 billion

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*High end of the expected total damages, as predicted by Moody's Analytics' RMS forecasting model.

Source: Moody's Analystcs; National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.