The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in US History

These are the times Americans have seen Mother Nature lash out most furiously.

Geocolor Image of Hurricane Irma. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. Trong Nguyen / Shutterstock

Nature has dished out some of its worst devastation on America's east and west coasts, and from North Dakota to the southernmost point in Florida.

The nation's epic natural disasters have had death tolls reaching into the thousands and have caused tens of billions of dollars in destruction, not all of it covered by insurance.

Here are the 10 costliest natural disasters ever seen on U.S. soil, counting down to America's most expensive calamity. Damage estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been adjusted for inflation.

10. Hurricane Ike

NORTH OLMSTEAD, OHIO, September 15, 2008.: The Ike hurricane traveled the United States. North Olmsted a Cleveland suburb in Ohio received damaging winds - tree falls on a suburban home
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Remnants of Hurricane Ike caused damage as far north as the Cleveland suburbs. A tree fell on this home in North Olmsted, Ohio.

$35.7 billion

Hurricane Ike was unusual as hurricanes go, because it was so massive. Before it tore into Texas in mid-September 2008, the storm appeared to fill the entire Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest Atlantic hurricane on record.

Ike damaged oil platforms, pipelines and refineries, which resulted in major gasoline shortages and soaring fuel prices across the Southeast. Storm surge destroyed several coastal towns in Texas.

The hurricane remained very powerful as it moved north from the Lone Star state, battering areas hundreds of miles from the coast — as far north as Ohio and Michigan. Close to 200 people were killed by the storm.

9. 1993 Midwest flooding

Flooding in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, in 1993.
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The 1993 floods put more than 31,000 square miles under water -- an area larger than Maine.

$36.9 billion

It kept raining and raining and just wouldn't stop in the central U.S. during the summer of 1993. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries rose to record heights and overflowed.

Floods would eventually cover more than 31,000 square miles in nine states — an area larger than Maine. An estimated 50,000 homes were destroyed, and some towns were so devastated they were never rebuilt.

Barge traffic on the rivers shut down for nearly two months, taking a significant economic toll. In some places, floodwaters didn't go down for 200 days. Nearly 50 deaths were blamed on the flooding.