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The Most Intense Hurricanes In U.S. History: Sandy Climbs Into The Ranks (INFOGRAPHIC)

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While government forecasters have called the projected storm surge on the New York metro area the "worst case scenario," Hurricane Sandy remains a category 1 hurricane.

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Yet, the superstorm's climbing barometric pressure is more typical of category 3 or category 4 storms, making it likely that Hurricane Sandy will rank relatively high on the list of the most intense hurricanes to hit the U.S. since 1851.

According to a recent bulletin from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sandy's minimum central pressure is hovering around 940 millibars. Comparatively, Hurricane Katrina, which hit Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, was classified as a category 3 hurricane with a barometric pressure of 920 millibars -- making it slightly more intense than Hurricane Sandy's present levels.

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See which superstorms make the list of the top 10 most intense hurricanes in U.S. history in the gallery below.

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Correction: The story was edited to include the infographic.

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