NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released the updated and impoverished list of the costliest tropical cyclones in the United States during 1900-2010.

These hurricanes caused huge property damage worth billions.

Bill Read, Director of NHC, emphasized the great danger of a catastrophic loss of life in a future hurricane if proper preparedness plans for vulnerable areas are not formulated, maintained and executed.

According to NHC data, about 85 percent of U.S. coastal residents from Texas to Maine had never experienced a direct hit by a major hurricane. This risk is higher today as an estimated 50 million residents have moved to coastal sections during the past 25 years.

“If warnings are heeded and preparedness plans developed, the death toll can be minimized. However, large property losses are inevitable in the absence of a significant change of attitude, policy, or laws governing building practices near the ocean.”

Here are the ten costliest U.S. hurricane landfalls:

1. Hurricane Katrina

Year: 2005
Category: 3
Damage: $105,840 Millions
Region: Florida, Bahamas and Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Katrina of 2005 was responsible for at least $108 billion of property damage and is by far the costliest hurricane to ever strike the United States.

2. Hurricane Andrew

Year: 1992
Category: 5
Damage: $45,561 Millions
Region: Florida, Louisiana

3. Hurricane Ike

Year: 2008
Category: 2
Damage: $27,790 Millions
Region: Texas and Louisiana

4. Hurricane Wilma

Year: 2005
Category: 3
Damage: $20,587 Millions
Region: Florida

5. Hurricane Ivan

Year: 2004
Category: 3
Damage: $19,832 Millions
Region: Gulf of Mexico

6. Hurricane Charley

Year: 2004
Category: 4
Damage: $15,820 Millions
Region: Florida

7. Hurricane Hugo

Year: 1989
Category: 4
Damage: $12,775 Millions
Region: South Carolina

8. Hurricane Rita

Year: 2005
Category: 3
Damage: $11,797 Millions
Region: Florida, Louisiana and Texas

9. Hurricane Agnes

Year: 1972
Category: 3
Damage: $11,760 Millions
Region: Florida, North East U.S.

10. Hurricane Betsy

Year: 1965
Category: 3
Damage: $11,227 Millions
Region: Florida, Louisiana

(A category 3 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 111-130 miles per hour; a category 4 hurricane is classified with maximum sustained winds of 131-155 miles per hour and a category 5 hurricane has more than 155 miles per hour maximum sustained winds).

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A house-for-sale sign is lies among debris near a destroyed house at the Ninth Ward area in New Orleans August 28, 2006, nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina struck. REUTERS/Carlos Barria