Weather Whys

What is the deadliest type of weather disaster? The weather-related incident that kills the most people in the United States is flooding, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University.


“You hear a lot about blizzards or tornadoes, but more people are killed by floods than any other type of weatherrelated incident,” he explains. “This goes back to 1889 and the famous Johnstown Flood in Pennsylvania in which 2,200 people were killed. During the 20th century, floods were the number one natural disaster in the US in terms of property damage and fatalities. In 1993, the Great Midwest Flood killed 48 people and did $12 billion in damage in numerous states. But that’s nothing compared to other parts of the world.


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