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Eye of the storm

As the U.S. hurricane season enters its final two months, all eyes along the Gulf Coast are on Tropical Storm Karen as she roars toward landfall, currently expected somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

Many of the worst storms to strike in past years have caused billions in damage, especially for those residing on the East Coast and in states near the Gulf of Mexico. Energy firms including BP, Chevron, Anadarko and others have evacuated staff or temporarily shut down production along the coast in preparation for the latest storm, which the National Hurricane Center has said could reach hurricane strength before coming ashore.

As companies and residents brace for Karen, CNBC asked: What are the all-time costliest hurricanes to hit the United States? Here are the Top 10, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The damage figures represent insured losses for property coverage and are adjusted to 2012 dollars.

By Brian Beers, Senior Producer

Updated 3 October 2013

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team