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10 States Most at Risk Of Disaster

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2. Florida

Types of Disasters (2001-2010): 8 hurricanes, 5 tropical storms, severe weather

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $31.5 billion

Florida gets battered by hurricanes and tropical storms in late summer and early fall.

The state suffered through four major hurricanes (a record) in 2004 alone.

Has the highest number of tornadoes per square mile of any state (Texas has more tornadoes annually, but it is much larger in land area).

Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the U.S.


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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:54AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

I was living near Jackson, MS, when Katrina came through. I saw the forecast for an "inland hurricane" and wondered, "What's that - an INLAND hurricane???" I'm from Louisiana and thought I knew all about hurricanes. Turns out I had a lot to learn and I found out what an "inland hurricane" is about.

9:24AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

I helped in the cleanup of central Florida after hurricane Charley and have never seen such widespread damage and destruction.The high heat and humidity did not help one bit in the cleanup.These natural disasters are unforgettable.

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3:39PM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Terrifying weather these citizens of these states have endured. It would be so difficult to experiences of such force and damages and death.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014


3:07AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

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