Special Report

Every Major US City's Worst Weather Disaster

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45. Oakland, California
> Total 2018 population: 429,082
> Name of event: Fire caused by drought in 1991
> Fatalities: 25

Drought and heavy winds in October of 1991 stoked a brush fire into a major conflagration near Oakland and Berkeley. The fire eventually spread to 1,500 acres.

Source: U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Michael Pendergrass

44. Virginia Beach, Virginia
> Total 2018 population: 450,189
> Name of event: Hurricane Isabel 2003
> Fatalities: 32

Hurricane Isabel, once a Category 5 storm, made landfall on Sept. 18, 2003 and eventually caused more than $2.4 billion in damages in the region, including Virginia Beach.

Source: Courtesy of the Photo Collection – Los Angeles Public Library

43. Long Beach, California
> Total 2018 population: 467,354
> Name of event: Hurricane in 1939
> Fatalities: About 100

The only cyclone to make landfall in California in the 20th century pummeled Long Beach in 1939 causing torrential rainfall and flooding.

Source: NOAA

42. Omaha, Nebraska
> Total 2018 population: 468,262
> Name of event: Tornadoes in 1913
> Fatalities: 94

An outbreak of tornadoes in 1913 caused $250 million in damage in the Omaha area.

Source: Sara D. Davis / Getty Images

41. Raleigh, North Carolina
> Total 2018 population: 469,298
> Name of event: 2011 tornado outbreak
> Fatalities: 24 in North Carolina

Thirty tornadoes touched down in North Carolina in April 2011, one of which took aim at Raleigh, packing wind speeds of 160 mph.