South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota: Most Prepared for Extreme Weather
When it comes to dealing with the worst that Mother Nature can dish out, folks in the Tri-State Area (Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota) have seen a thing or two.
So it's no surprise that the Hawkeye State, Mount Rushmore State, and North Star State sit atop a new list of the States Most Prepared for Extreme Weather.
CNBC compiled the ranking, with the help of First Street Foundation. They looked at extreme weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and renewable power figures from the U.S. Department of Energy to determine which states are best prepared to weather the storms.
Iowa tops the list with only 3.4 percent of properties at risk and a low Climate Extremes Index (8.7%).
South Dakota is second with nine percent of property at risk.
Minnesota is third thanks to an 'A-' infrastructure score and a low property risk rate of 2.7 percent.
STATES MOST PREPARED FOR EXTREME WEATHER
- South Dakota
A large number of states on the least prepared list have one thing in common - hurricanes. Louisiana, Florida, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Alabama all have coastal areas that are susceptible to powerful storms.
STATES LEAST PREPARED FOR EXTREME WEATHER
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- Alabama, New York (tie)