2021 has been an unprecedented year for natural disasters in the U.S. Through the first three quarters of the year, 18 weather events have occurred with losses exceeding $1 billion, according to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. It’s also been the deadliest year since 2011 from weather-related events, primarily because of tornadoes in the South. This doesn't even take into account the rare late-season tornadoes that devastated Kentucky on December 10-11.
States across the nation have faced a range of extreme weather, like hurricanes, wildfires and droughts. While insurance claims for each event are still being estimated, an early look at the number of FEMA-declared disasters reveals that some states were impacted more frequently than others.
We tallied the number of federally declared disasters to find out which states have faced the most ongoing natural disasters throughout 2021. Keep reading to see what areas fared the worst, plus find out the natural disaster causing the most damage in 2021.