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Most Devastating Natural Disasters in America in 2021

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10. Texas Hail Storms
> Estimated damages: $1.5 billion
> Duration: April 12-15, 2021
> Deaths: 0

A string of heavy hail storms ravaged central Texas communities. The most affected areas included northeast of Austin, southwest of The Woodlands, and west of Georgetown.

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9. Ohio Valley Hail Storms
> Estimated damages: $1.7 billion
> Duration: June 17-18, 2021
> Deaths: 0

Hail and high winds damaged properties across Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. The most severe damage occurred in southeastern Minnesota, southern Iowa, southeastern Indiana, and southwestern Ohio.

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8. Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather
> Estimated damages: $1.8 billion
> Duration: March 24-25, 2021
> Deaths: 6

Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia were affected by at least 41 tornadoes, including five that registered wind speeds of between 157 and 261 mph. The strongest twisters touched down in central Alabama and western Georgia.

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7. Midwest Derecho and Tornado Outbreak
> Estimated damages: $1.8 billion
> Duration: Dec. 15, 2021
> Deaths: 1

A rare derecho (a widespread, long-lived wind storm) erupted across Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. This was the first December derecho ever recorded in the United States (three-quarters of them occur between May and August). Seventeen tornadoes were reported in southeast Minnesota during this weather event.

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6. Texas and Oklahoma Severe Weather
> Estimated damages: $3.3 billion
> Duration: April 27-28, 2021
> Deaths: 0

Tornadoes, sustained high winds, flooding, and hail caused widespread damage across Texas and Oklahoma. Some of the most impacted areas were in Texas, including west of San Antonio, north of Fort Worth, and southwest of San Marcos.

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