The rural area to the northeast of Denver, Colo., tops the nation when it comes to regions most prone to tornados, according to Boston-based CDS Business Mapping LLC, an online hazard mapping firm.
The top 10 most tornado prone metro-areas include:
1. Denver, Colo.*
2. Houston, Texas
3. Miami, Fla.
4. Hollywood, Fla.
5. Tampa, Fla.
6. Lincoln, Ill.
7. Lakeland, Fla.
8. Little Rock, Ark.
9. Cape Coral, Fla.
10. Oklahoma City, Okla.
*Not downtown, but a rural area to the northeast.
This list is based on the RiskMeter Online’s Tornado Model, which predicts the severity of tornadoes for any location in the Continental United States.
Tornado exposure has and will always be a consistent threat to insurers. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in an average year the U.S. experiences 1,200 tornadoes, which kills 55 Americans, injures 1,500 and causes more than $400 million in damage.
For a free copy of the RiskMeter Tornado report, contact Daniel Munson, 617-737-4444 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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