Special Report

Every Major US City's Worst Weather Disaster

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25. Portland, Oregon
> Total 2018 population: 653,115
> Name of event: Willamette Valley flood in 1996
> Fatalities: 8

The Pineapple Express jetstream that came into Oregon in February of 1996 melted snow and dumped much rain on the region, causing a deadly flood.

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24. Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee
> Total 2018 population: 669,053
> Name of event: Nashville flood in 2010
> Fatalities: 11 in Nashville

Over a 36-hour period from May 1-2 in 2010, Nashville was soaked with 13.57 inches of rain that led to a flood that caused $2 billion damage in private property.

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23. Detroit, Michigan
> Total 2018 population: 672,662
> Name of event: The Great Blizzard of 1978
> Fatalities: 20

The Motor City ground to a halt in late January of 1978 because of a blizzard that coated much of Michigan during one of that state’s coldest winters ever.

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22. El Paso, Texas
> Total 2018 population: 682,669
> Name of event: Drought in 2011
> Fatalities: None

The Texas city on the Mexican border went 119 days without rain, and ranchers had to sell their cattle so they wouldn’t have to watch them die.

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21. Boston, Massachusetts
> Total 2018 population: 694,583
> Name of event: Great New England Hurricane of 1938
> Fatalities: 700

One of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the New England city blasted the region in September of 1938 with winds of 121 mph, the strongest ever recorded in the area.

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