Special Report

7 States With the Most Dangerous Weather

3. Nevada
> 5-year fatality rate:
36.1 (per million residents)
>Total fatalities 2011-2015: 101
>Total damage 2011-2015: $133.0 million
>Poverty rate: 15.6%

Nevada is one of only a handful of states with more than 100 weather-related deaths in the last five years. It also has the third highest weather-related fatality rate in the country. The driest state in the country, much of Nevada is a desert. In 2013, 42 people were killed and another 576 were injured due to extreme weather in Nevada. That same summer, the state was in the middle of a heat wave that had swept across the Southwest, and multiple cities in the state reported near record high temperatures. Partially due to the heat wave, 2013 the deadliest year in the last half decade in Nevada.

2. Missouri
> 5-year fatality rate:
43.5 (per million residents)
>Total fatalities 2011-2015: 263
>Total damage 2011-2015: $3.5 billion
>Poverty rate: 15.6%

More than two-thirds of the total weather-related fatalities in Missouri in the last five years happened in 2011. That year, the city of Joplin was devastated by an EF5 tornado, the most powerful classification. The twister killed more than 160 people and injured over a thousand. 2011 was also the most costly year due to weather-related disasters in Missouri in the last half decade. Due largely to the tornado that all but destroyed Joplin, the estimated damage in Missouri that year was nearly $3.3 billion. The Joplin tornado ranks as one of the deadliest in U.S. history.

1. Alabama
> 5-year fatality rate:
61.1 (per million residents)
>Total fatalities 2011-2015: 295
>Total damage 2011-2015: $4.4 billion
>Poverty rate: 18.9%

Roughly 85% of all weather-related fatalities in Alabama in the last half decade occurred in 2011. That year, the state was the hardest hit by the weather event dubbed “The Tornado Super Outbreak of 2011.” In a four-day period in late April that year, tornadoes killed more than 230 people and injured thousands in Alabama.

Partially because they have fewer resources to prepare for disastrous weather conditions, people living in poverty are more likely to be killed by extreme weather. In Alabama, a state with the fifth highest poverty rate in the country, more people have died due to weather in the last five years than in any other state.