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Stats about Storms and Storm Damage

stats about storms and storm damage

Sticking with our series on storms, this week’s blog post is about statistics about storms and storm damage. If you read last week’s blog post, then you already know how to prepare your home for a storm, so hopefully you will never make it into any of these statistics! Unfortunately, though, even the most careful preparation cannot prevent all disasters. Make sure you understand the seriousness of storms by spending a few minutes to analyze these stats about storms. Which ones are most surprising to you?

  • There were 177 fatalities from storms, tornadoes, and floods  in the United States in 2013.
  • There were also 1,059 injuries from storms, tornadoes, and floods in United States in 2013.
  • $5,539,100,000 worth of property damage came from storms, tornadoes, and floods in US in 2013.
  • The average number of people affected by storms each year is 867,406.
  • In 2012, damage caused by wind/hail cost State Farm and its policyholders over $3.9 billion.
  • There were 7,031 major hail storms in 2012.
  • Tornadoes can occur well inland two or three days after landfall of a hurricane if the hurricane interacts with a cold front.
  • Tornadoes can be a result of cyclones. These types of tornadoes occur most often during the morning and afternoon and usually within 30 miles of the center of the cyclone.
  • Tornadoes can generate winds up to 300 mph at a forward speed of 60 mph and are usually 100-300 yards wide.
  • Nearly 2000 thunderstorm cells are estimated to be present over the planet at any given time. Around the world, there are estimated to be 16 million thunderstorms each year.

You can never be too prepared for disaster to strike. It only takes one storm to create a distressing situation for you and your family. Make sure to take necessary precautions, and give us a call immediately if there is any damage done to your home.

Have questions about thunderstorms? Check out this article about Thunderstorms to learn more about what thunderstorms are and what creates them.

Sources

National Weather Service Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2013 in the United States
Prevention Web – USA Disaster Statistics
Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association – Hail
Hurricane Safety.Org
Sky Fire- Facts about Thunderstorms

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