Tropical Storm Emily slammed the coast of Florida in late July. It’s storm season, and while ocean storms like Emily are difficult to anticipate and may certainly wreak havoc, for Florida and other coastal states such weather events are normal for the season.
Still, the elements take many forms, and even states that routinely experience extreme weather can be caught off guard. Be it roof-wrenching winds, scorching heat, torrential rainfalls, life-ending lightning strikes, or freezing cold, every state gets a taste of nature’s raw power.
> Fatalities per 1M people: 9.4
> Total fatalities 2012-2016: 50 (17th highest)
> Injuries per 1M people: 21.0 (22nd lowest)
> Top cause of weather death in 2016: Lightning (2 deaths)
> Total damage 2012-2016: $2.4 billion (9th highest)
> Median household income: $63,909 (11th highest)
Most agree that weather is dangerous. Just over 11,000 deaths and nearly 70,000 weather-related injuries were reported across the country between 2012 and 2016. The danger of extreme weather seems to know no boundary. Each year, victims may have been at home, outside, camping, golfing, playing sports, boating, swimming, or talking on the phone. Weather-related fatality-rates also vary considerably between states.
24/7 Wall St. aggregated injury and fatality data over a five-year period in every state using data compiled by the National Weather Service.