Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. But some places
experience more than their fair share of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes,
winter storms and severe weather — so much so that certain locales earn
frightening nicknames, such as Tornado Alley. No matter where you live,
make sure you have the right kinds and necessary amounts of insurance
coverage to protect your finances.
Most frequent disasters: damaging wind, winter storms, floods and flash floods
Weather-related fatalities (2006-2013): 87
New Jersey earns the top spot on this list,
in large part due to damage wrought by Sandy — which had weakened from a
hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone by the time it the Jersey Shore —
in October 2012. The state was among the hardest hit by Sandy, which was
the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, after Hurricane Katrina.
Many homes and businesses were destroyed along the Jersey Shore, and a
portion of the Atlantic City Boardwalk washed away. Shortly after Sandy
hit, another storm brought wet snow that caused more power outages and
Homeowners who live along the coast or in areas where there are
frequent storms should take steps before hurricane season begins to
protect their homes and finances from damage.