10 Destructive Hurricanes in Recent Times

Hurricanes are capable of causing widespread damage. See more storm pictures.
NASA/Science Faction/Getty Images

What begin as thunderstorms off the west coast of Africa can become hurricanes by the time they reach the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. Between 80 and 100 of these systems develop each year from June to November, but usually only a handful evolve into hurricanes that impact the United States. Check out some of nature's most catastrophic hurricanes.