10 doctors weighed in:
What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to kill you?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Flooding
On average, U.S. flooding kills more than 100 people a year — more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Heat waves also kill thousands! About 10,000 people died during the heat wave of 1980! A lot depends on where you live also. Hurricanes and earthquakes more common on the coasts.

In brief: Flooding
On average, U.S. flooding kills more than 100 people a year — more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Heat waves also kill thousands! About 10,000 people died during the heat wave of 1980! A lot depends on where you live also. Hurricanes and earthquakes more common on the coasts.
Dr. James Okamoto
Dr. James Okamoto
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Agree over the last 30 years - flood was the major cause of death.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lightning
My understanding is that lighting kills more each year than all the other natural disasters.
Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, insect and snake bites, shark attacks all have a certain death rate but they don't add up annually to the number that lightning causes. When the clouds converge, seek shelter, and don't get in that extra hole on the gold course.

In brief: Lightning
My understanding is that lighting kills more each year than all the other natural disasters.
Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, insect and snake bites, shark attacks all have a certain death rate but they don't add up annually to the number that lightning causes. When the clouds converge, seek shelter, and don't get in that extra hole on the gold course.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Over the last 30 years heat was the major cause of death followed by floods. Lightening was the third cause of death over that time frame. See: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Weather & disasters
Per the National Weather Service.
30 year average statistics: #1 - flood, #2 - heat, #3 - tornado, #4 - lightning, #5- hurricane, #67 - winter weather. Last year (2016) - flood was followed by heat were two top causes of death. See: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml

In brief: Weather & disasters
Per the National Weather Service.
30 year average statistics: #1 - flood, #2 - heat, #3 - tornado, #4 - lightning, #5- hurricane, #67 - winter weather. Last year (2016) - flood was followed by heat were two top causes of death. See: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
In brief: Droughts and Floods
Drought and flooding are the most deadly natural phenomenon.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes might seem like the most dangerous natural hazards you could ever face, but statistically floods and droughts actually kill more Americans over time.

In brief: Droughts and Floods
Drought and flooding are the most deadly natural phenomenon.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes might seem like the most dangerous natural hazards you could ever face, but statistically floods and droughts actually kill more Americans over time.
Dr. John Munshower
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
It is different each year. According to the National Weather service, in 2016 the highest number of deaths was due to flooding. Over the last 30 years average - heat was the primary cause of death followed by floods. See: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Disasters
A very tough issue but you and the family must do all you can to stay in your house if possible.
If not, local police will likely go from house to house to help you.

In brief: Disasters
A very tough issue but you and the family must do all you can to stay in your house if possible.
If not, local police will likely go from house to house to help you.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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