Hurricane GraphicWith the third tropical storm (Colin) of the 2016 season delivering heavy rain to Southwest Florida, it’s worth noting that both the Fort Myers/ Cape Coral metro area (#6) and the Naples metro area (#9) rank in the top ten nationally for having the highest storm surge risk, based on the number of homes potentially affected by a hurricane.

According to CoreLogic’s 2016 Storm Surge Report, more U.S. homes are at risk of hurricane storm surge damage this year, and the price of reconstruction to damaged homes is expected to rise as well. At the top of the CoreLogic list? Florida and some of its coastal cities.

Over 6.8 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts face potential risk from hurricane storm surge damage this year, with an anticipated total reconstruction cost value of around $1.5 trillion.

Storm surge often causes the most damage in a storm. While hurricane-force winds can impact homes, rising seawater (storm surge) often leaves ruined possessions in its path and, eventually, mold.

“Using more granular-level data has given us an even clearer picture of which homes are at risk of storm surge damage,” says Tom Jeffery, senior hazard risk scientist for CoreLogic. “Despite the overall increases in risk, we were glad to see that the number and value of homes in the most extreme, and dangerous, category actually declined.”

The Atlantic Coast has about 3.9 million homes at risk of a storm surge with an estimated $953 billion in potential destruction damage. The Gulf Coast has just over 2.9 million homes at risk with an estimated $592 billion in potential destruction.

Florida is the state facing the most storm risk across all five categories measured, with 2.7 million at risk homes in total.

The following states are most at risk (ranked by the number of homes):

  1. Florida
  2. Louisiana
  3. Texas
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Virginia
  7. South Carolina
  8. North Carolina
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Georgia

By metro level, the following areas have the highest storm surge risk (ranked by the number of homes potentially at risk):

  1. Miami, Fla.
  2. New York, N.Y.
  3. Tampa, Fla.
  4. New Orleans, La.
  5. Virginia Beach, Va.-N.C.
  6. Cape Coral, Fla.
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Bradenton, Fla.
  9. Naples, Fla.
  10. Jacksonville, Fla.

Source: CoreLogic

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