The 10 States with the Most Dangerous Weather

February 10, 2016
Jared Kaltwasser

Every state likes to brag about its wacky weather, but which states have the most legitimate claims when it comes to dangerous conditions? We took a look at federal data to find out.

The year is still young, but already 2016 has had its fair share of blizzards, ice storms, and biter cold.

With spring just around the corner and the chance of a few more snowstorms still on the horizon, we’ve decided to take a look at the most dangerous states when it comes to hazardous weather.

The data come from the National Weather Service’s Office of Services and the National Climatic Data Center. They cover fatalities, injuries, and damage directly attributed to weather. Thus, a car accident that may have occurred during a storm wouldn’t necessarily make this list, unless weather was determined to be a chief cause.

Overall, 384 people died last year as a result of hazardous weather. Another 2,203 were injured because of hazardous weather. Rip currents (54) and hazardous wind (54) caused the most fatalities in 2014, although a 10-year average shows extreme heat and tornadoes usually are the most deadly weather phenomena, killing 124 people and 110 people per year, respectively.

What follows are the 10 states with the most hazardous weather. Each state capsule includes statistics from 2014 on weather-related injuries, fatalities, property damage, and crop damage. We’ve chosen to rank the states based on the number of injuries, since in most states the number of fatalities is too small to be a good indicator.

10. North Carolina

Injuries: 43

Fatalities: 9

Property Damage: $54.5 million

Crop Damage: $120,000

9. Virginia

Injuries: 49

Fatalities: 7

Property Damage: $7.4 million

Crop Damage: $200,000

8. Florida

Injuries: 51

Fatalities: 20

Property Damage: $210.24 million

Crop Damage: $0

7. Texas

Injuries: 58

Fatalities: 10

Property Damage: $1 billion

Crop Damage: $124.3 million

6. Alabama

Injuries: 84

Fatalities: 10

Property Damage: $38.2 million

Crop Damage: $0

5. California

Injuries: 132

Fatalities: 20

Property Damage: $162.8 million

Crop Damage: $1.5 billion

4. Mississippi

Injuries: 211

Fatalities: 20

Property Damage: $212.1 million

Crop Damage: $10.2 million

3. Arkansas

Injuries: 225

Fatalities: 23

Property Damage: $266.33 million

Crop Damage: $14.4 million

2. New York

Injuries: 374

Fatalities: 8

Property Damage: $93.3 million

Crop Damage: $130,000

1. New Jersey

Injuries: 460

Fatalities: 5

Property Damage: $13.8 million

Crop Damage: $10,000

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