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Superstorm Sandy was the worst natural disaster to strike New Jersey, new study finds | New Jersey

(The Center Square) – The damage from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 represents the worst weather-related or natural disaster in the history of New Jersey, according to an analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

That event resulted in 43 fatalities, the study reported.

The geographical diversity of the United States leads many of its states to be vulnerable to numerous kinds of natural disasters, according to 24/7 Wall St. These include wildfires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the West, powerful hurricanes along the East Coast and the Gulf Coast, and flooding in the Midwest. 

The website examined government records about weather-related events and tragedies that caused the most fatalities in each state. Such weather events, which led to $1 billion in property damage in 2018, are expected to cause even more destruction in the future due to climate change, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The Most Deadly Natural Disasters in Each State

State Natural Disaster Date Fatalities
Alabama Deep South Tornado Outbreak March 21, 1932 286
Alaska Good Friday Earthquake March 27, 1964 139
Arizona Tropical Storm Norma Sept. 4-5, 1970 23
Arkansas Mississippi River Flood May-August 1927 127
California San Francisco Earthquake April 18, 1906 3,000
Colorado Big Thompson Canyon Flood July 31, 1976 144
Connecticut Great New England Hurricane Sept. 21, 1938 85
Delaware Gale of ’78 Oct. 23, 1878 100
Florida Lake Okeechobee Hurricane Sept. 6-20, 1928 2,500-3,000
Georgia Sea Islands Hurricane Aug. 15, 1893 Over 2,000
Hawaii Aleutian Islands Earthquake/Tsunami April 1, 1946 159
Idaho The Big Burn of 1910 Aug. 20-21, 1910 87
Illinois Chicago Heat Wave July 13-15, 1995 750
Indiana The Great Flood of 1913 March 1913 100
Iowa Armistice Day Blizzard Nov. 11, 1940 154
Kansas Great Plains Tornado Outbreak May 25-26, 1955 80
Kentucky Louisville Cyclone March 27, 1890 100
Louisiana Hurricane Katrina Aug. 23-31, 2005 1,577
Maine Ice Storm of ’98 Jan. 4, 1998 8
Maryland Pan American jet hit by lightning Dec. 8, 1963 81
Massachusetts Worcester Tornado June 9, 1953 90
Michigan Great Michigan Fire Sept. 5, 1881 282
Minnesota Cloquet Fire Oct. 12, 1918 450
Mississippi Hurricane Katrina Aug. 23-31, 2005 238
Missouri Joplin Tornado May 22, 2011 158
Montana The Big Burn of 1910 Aug. 20-21, 1910 87
Nebraska Schoolhouse Blizzard Jan. 12, 1888 100
Nevada Heat wave July 14-23, 2005 17
New Hampshire Great New England Hurricane Sept. 21, 1938 13
New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Oct. 29, 2012 43
New Mexico Blizzard Dec. 14, 1967 51
New York Great Blizzard of 1888 March 12-14, 1888 200
North Carolina Hurricane Floyd Sept. 16, 1999 26
North Dakota Schoolhouse Blizzard Jan. 12, 1888 235
Ohio Great Ohio Flood March 23-27, 1913 467
Oklahoma Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes April 9, 1947 113
Oregon Heppner Flash Flood June 2, 1903 247
Pennsylvania Johnstown Flood May 31, 1889 2,209
Rhode Island Great New England Hurricane Sept. 21, 1938 100
South Carolina Sea Islands Hurricane Aug. 15, 1893 Over 2,000
South Dakota Black Hills Flood June 9-10, 1972 238
Tennessee Southern United States Tornado Outbreak March 21-22, 1952 67
Texas Galveston Hurricane Sept. 8, 1900 8,000
Utah Bingham Canyon Avalanche Feb. 17, 1926 36
Vermont Great Vermont Flood Nov. 2-4, 1927 84
Virginia Hurricane Camille Aug. 19, 1969 153
Washington Wellington Avalanche March 1, 1910 96
West Virginia Great Appalachian Storm Nov. 24-30, 1950 160
Wisconsin Peshtigo Fire Oct. 8, 1871 1,500-2,500
Wyoming Blackwater Fire Aug. 18, 1937 15

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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