Hurricane Isabel hit Maryland and Washington, D.C., and it was one of the most intense, costliest, and deadliest hurricanes to hit the USA in 2003. It strengthened and eventually reached peak winds of 165 mph (265 km/h). Gradually, it weakened, but not without destroying some of the land and causing over $3.6 billion in damage. Over 50 people perished in the hurricane. The death tolls might have also been higher, but some people went missing and were never found (Wikipedia).