Special Report

Every Major US City's Worst Weather Disaster

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15. San Francisco, California
> Total 2018 population: 883,305
> Name of event: Heat wave in 2017
> Fatalities: 14 in Bay Area

Extreme heat and temperatures as high as 100 degrees are not typical in San Francisco. But over Labor Day in 2017, those temperatures were recorded in the Bay Area, resulting in multiple deaths.

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14. Columbus, Ohio
> Total 2018 population: 892,533
> Name of event: The White Hurricane
> Fatalities: 51 in Ohio

In 1978, a blizzard slammed Ohio’s capital city. Wind gusts up to 111 mph were reported and temperatures with wind chill reached lows of 60 below zero. Across Ohio, the storm dubbed “The White Hurricane” killed 51 people.

Source: City of Fort Worth

13. Fort Worth, Texas
> Total 2018 population: 895,008
> Name of event: The 1949 Flood
> Fatalities: 10

In May 1949, more than 10 inches of rain fell on Fort Worth, Texas, causing the Clear Fork River to flood. The flood killed 10 people and forced 13,000 from their homes.

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12. Jacksonville, Florida
> Total 2018 population: 903,889
> Name of event: Hurricane Irma in 2017
> Fatalities: 1

Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September 2017 killing one person in Jacksonville and 42 people total across 18 counties.

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11. Austin, Texas
> Total 2018 population: 964,254
> Name of event: The 1981 Memorial Day Flood
> Fatalities: 13

On Memorial Day 1981, a flood in Austin, Texas, left 13 dead. Torrential rain brought water as high as the ceiling in many residential homes in less than two hours.

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