Special Report

Every Major US City's Worst Weather Disaster

Source: NPS Photo / Chip Littlefield

35. Mesa, Arizona
> Total 2018 population: 508,958
> Name of event: Flood in 2014
> Fatalities: None

A flood in the Arizona town resulted from 3.29 inches of rain that fell in one day — on Sept. 8, 2014.

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34. Fresno, California
> Total 2018 population: 530,093
> Name of event: Great Flood of 1862
> Fatalities: Unknown due to lack of records

Like much of California, Fresno was inundated by flooding that followed colossal storms in 1862.

Source: Tucson Natural History / The University of Arizona

33. Tucson, Arizona
> Total 2018 population: 545,975
> Name of event: 1983 flooding caused by Hurricane Octave
> Fatalities: 14

Flooding that followed the arrival of Hurricane Octave in 1983 uprooted 10,000 people and caused more than $1 billion in damages, adjusted for inflation.

Source: NOAA

32. Albuquerque, New Mexico
> Total 2018 population: 560,218
> Name of event: Flooding in 1941
> Fatalities: 28

Flooding around the New Mexico city in 1941 caused $55 million in damage, adjusted for inflation.

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31. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
> Total 2018 population: 592,025
> Name of event: The Armistice Day Blizzard
> Fatalities: 13

The Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940 was a massive storm that swept over Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan, killing people and livestock, with winds reaching 54 mph in Milwaukee.