Hurricane Maria (2017), $96.3 billion in damage
The last of 2017’s troika of Category 4 storms that hit the U.S. was Hurricane Maria, which will probably be remembered for all the damage it caused to Puerto Rico (even if it also struck St. Croix). It was by far one of the deadliest storms that ever hit the U.S., as it had many indirect deaths in the wake of the storm’s devastation.
Maria destroyed the island’s transportation, agriculture, communication, and even energy infrastructure. Everyone was left without no power, cellular communications shut down completely, which made rescue efforts even more complicated.