Where is the most dangerous weather?

March 12, 2008 1:29:13 PM PDT
With all these natural weather disasters killing people like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, mudslides, avalanches, heat waves, and extreme cold, where would be the safest place in the United States to live if you didn't want to worry as much about the weather killing you, and where would be the most dangerous place to live due to the weather?

Erica's Answer:

Unfortunately, it's not that cut-and-dried. Each area of our country has its own set of problems! However, Pennsylvania is a relatively safe place to live, because we have a small number of tornadoes and hurricanes. Also, it's not very often that our weather is extremely hot or cold. Here's a list of some extreme weather events, and in which states they happen most often:

Most deadly tornadoes: Texas

Most flood deaths: Texas (by far)

Most lightning deaths: Florida (again, by far)

Most earthquakes: Alaska, California, and Hawaii

Most heat-related deaths (per capita): Arizona

Most cold-related deaths (per capita): Alaska

I don't think any of these results come as a surprise! But if you are weather-wise, I can guarantee you that extreme weather will not cost you your life. That means making sure you know what type of weather is headed your way, and being prepared!

- Erica