Special Report

Every Major US City's Worst Weather Disaster

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana
> Total 2018 population: 391,006
> Name of event: Hurricane Katrina in 2005
> Fatalities: 1,200

Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans in 2005 and about 70% of the city’s occupied housing, 134,000 units, were damaged in the storm.

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49. Tampa, Florida
> Total 2018 population: 392,890
> Name of event: Hurricane in 1848
> Fatalities: Unknown

The Tampa Bay hurricane of 1848 was called the Great Gale. It struck the city in September and wiped out the citrus crops.

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48. Arlington, Texas
> Total 2018 population: 398,112
> Name of event: Tornado in 2000
> Fatalities: 5 in region

A tornado blasted the Fort Worth-Arlington-Grand Prairie region in March of 2000, causing property damage estimated at $500 million.

Source: NOAA

47. Tulsa, Oklahoma
> Total 2018 population: 400,669
> Name of event: Tornado in 1974
> Fatalities: 1, over a dozen statewide

A tornado in 1974 in Tulsa and accompanying flooding caused about $212 million in damage.

Source: Courtesy of the Carver County Historical Society

46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
> Total 2018 population: 425,403
> Name of event: Tornado in 1904
> Fatalities: 16

A tornado slammed into the twin cities on Aug. 21,1904 and devastated the business districts of St. Paul.