Katrina: Worst EVER?

I heard something blasted across the radio several times today from this AP article:

Hurricane Katrina made landfall south of New Orleans at 6:10 a.m. Aug. 29, 2005, as a strong Category 3 hurricane that flooded 80 percent of the city and killed more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.
Only thing is, the Galveston Hurricane in 1900 killed between 6 and 12 thousand people:
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is to date the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States. By contrast, the second-deadliest storm to strike the United States, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, caused approximately 2,500 deaths, and the deadliest storm of recent times, Hurricane Katrina, has caused approximately 1,600 deaths.
So by what measure are we measuring "worst ever?"

Posted by: Good Lt. at 06:40 PM

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