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Report: Do you live in a state most, least impacted by natural disasters?

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Submitted/Hurricane Ian/Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, Sept. 30

Hurricane Ian caused as much as $57 billion in damage last week.

Personal finance website WalletHub released its report on the States Most Impacted by Natural Disasters. Data was collected by comparing all 50 states across two key metrics: the number of climate disasters causing at least $1 billion in damage since 1980 and the loss amount per capita caused by those disasters.

Mississippi was determined to be the state most impacted by natural disasters, followed by Louisiana, Texas, Iowa and Alabama. North Carolina ranked as no. 8 followed by Florida at no. 9.

The state least impacted is Maine, followed by Alaska, New Hampshire, Hawaii and Utah.

Virginia was ranked as no. 20 and West Virginia at no. 33.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.

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