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Wild Weather: This US City Has the Highest Hurricane Threat Today

Wild Weather: This US City Has the Highest Hurricane Threat Today

The U.S. is all too familiar with the chaos left in the path of a hurricane. Hurricane Beryl became a Category 5 hurricane, threatening the state of Florida (specifically near Palm Beach County). Though meteorologists predict the hurricane may not impact the U.S. at all, there is always a possibility that pressure changes may alter the path of a hurricane. For Floridians, these news titles are not nearly as scary as they may have been at one point, but that’s only because they’re experienced with these types of weather events.

The FEMA Hurricane Risk Rating is “very high” in the coastal cities of Florida and throughout the south and east coasts. FEMA doesn’t just track hurricanes. It also tracks 17 other natural hazards, including strong winds, coastal flooding, and tsunamis. With natural hazards, there is an expected annual loss. Not only are buildings affected, but so is agriculture, and all local people, whether they live in the area, do business in the area, or both.

The hurricane risk dataset was designed by FEMA for intended users to have the transparency they need to plan ahead. Homeowners need this education as they’re responsible for their mortgage and home insurance should a disaster strike. Businesses in areas with a high hurricane risk must consider hazard mitigation plans and emergency plans to protect their employees and assets. The local government uses the data to update codes and ensure community recovery.

To determine the cities with the highest hurricane risk, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on natural hazard risk for U.S. census tracts from the March 2023 FEMA National Risk Index dataset. Cities were ranked based on the average hurricane risk index score for all census tracts within their borders. Data were aggregated from the census tract level to the city level using spatial boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER/Line program. Supplemental data on the total value of all owner-occupied homes and population are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Only places with at least 25,000 residents were considered.

50. Miramar, FL

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Source: Ruth Peterkin / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.8/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $12.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -0.9%
  • Total population: 135,158

49. Doral, FL

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Source: felixmizioznikov / iStock Editorial via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $5.7 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +33.1%
  • Total population: 74,891

48. Pompano Beach, FL

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Source: Art Wager / E+ via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $9.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +4.0%
  • Total population: 111,790

47. Oakland Park, FL

Drone image Oakland Park FL USA
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Source: Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $3.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -0.1%
  • Total population: 44,056

46. Sunrise, FL

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Source: Yanjipy / Wikimedia Commons
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $7.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +4.6%
  • Total population: 96,510

45. Immokalee, FL

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Source: John Coletti / The Image Bank via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 96.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $0.6 million
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +8.0%
  • Total population: 27,753

44. Titusville, FL

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Source: benedek / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $3.3 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +8.0%
  • Total population: 48,595

43. Greenacres, FL

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Source: SevenMaps / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +9.6%
  • Total population: 43,651

42. Lake Worth Beach, FL

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Source: 6381380 / iStock Editorial via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: NA
  • Total population: 42,188

41. Weston, FL

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Source: felixmizioznikov / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $10.3 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -2.5%
  • Total population: 68,029

40. Dania Beach, FL

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Source: typhoonski / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +0.6%
  • Total population: 31,700

39. Lakewood Ranch, FL

Swamp Reserve in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton FL
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Source: colin_kai / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $7.3 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: NA
  • Total population: 34,346

38. Conway, SC

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Source: Sean Rayford / Getty Images News via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +16.7%
  • Total population: 25,121

37. Ferry Pass, FL

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Source: SevenMaps / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.5 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -3.2%
  • Total population: 32,447

36. East Lake-Orient Park, FL

Mystical sunrise on Lake Tarpon
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Source: Greta H / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.2/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.1 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +8.4%
  • Total population: 29,243

35. Coral Springs, FL

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Source: traiansum / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.2/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $12.8 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +2.8%
  • Total population: 133,801

34. Palm Bay, FL

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Source: Jesse Kunerth / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $8.1 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +12.7%
  • Total population: 121,513

33. Land O’ Lakes, FL

A tranquil lake nestled in Land O' Lakes, FL, framed by winter woods under clear blue skies of 2024. Ideal for serene hikes.
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Source: Christopher Contrabasso / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $4.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +13.5%
  • Total population: 40,843

32. Riviera Beach, FL

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Source: VisionsbyAtlee / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $3.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +10.5%
  • Total population: 37,668

31. Charleston, SC

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Source: SeanPavonePhoto / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $21.6 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +14.3%
  • Total population: 149,960

30. Boca Raton, FL

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Source: Paola Giannoni / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $25.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +4.3%
  • Total population: 97,980

29. Myrtle Beach, SC

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Source: Sean Rayford / Getty Images News via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $3.8 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +17.2%
  • Total population: 36,064

28. Davie, FL

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Source: felixmizioznikov / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.6/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $12.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +4.2%
  • Total population: 105,821

27. Royal Palm Beach, FL

Golf Course in royal Palm Beach, Florida
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Source: Andre Delisser / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.8/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $3.7 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +3.2%
  • Total population: 38,874

26. North Charleston, SC

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Source: brookebecker / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.8/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $6.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +7.0%
  • Total population: 115,755

25. Palm City, FL

A Coconut tree and blue sky.
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Source: C.Aphirak / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $4.8 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +5.8%
  • Total population: 25,957

24. Wright, FL

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Source: SevenMaps / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.7 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +12.5%
  • Total population: 26,272

23. Sebastian, FL

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Source: dosecreative / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 97.9/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.5 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +5.6%
  • Total population: 25,266

22. Deerfield Beach, FL

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Source: felixmizioznikov / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $6.9 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +8.8%
  • Total population: 86,455

21. Wellington, FL

WELLINGTON, FL, USA: Aerial view showing neighborhood and lake.
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Source: MG_Photos / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $9.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -2.3%
  • Total population: 61,373

20. Vero Beach South, FL

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Source: Crystal Bolin Photography / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.9 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +24.7%
  • Total population: 29,965

19. Rockledge, FL

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Source: Ken Badgley / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.6 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +4.9%
  • Total population: 27,808

18. Port St. Lucie, FL

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Source: felixmizioznikov / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.2/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $19.9 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +17.8%
  • Total population: 210,520

17. West Melbourne, FL

Melbourne Florida Causeway. North east side looking west. Overlooking the Banana River.
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Source: Lonnie Stefan Doza / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.2/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.5 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +28.9%
  • Total population: 26,762

16. Houma, LA

Houma, Louisiana (3) by Ken Lund
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  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.8 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -2.0%
  • Total population: 33,094

15. Melbourne, FL

Melbourne, Florida | Melbourne Florida Beach View
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Walking Platform To The Beach In Melbourne Florida

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  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $6.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +6.7%
  • Total population: 84,982

14. Crestview, FL

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Source: WanderDrone / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.7 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +18.4%
  • Total population: 27,427

13. Daphne, AL

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Source: George Dodd III / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.6 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +12.9%
  • Total population: 27,861

12. Summerville, SC

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Source: Jacob Boomsma / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $4.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +3.5%
  • Total population: 50,839

11. Jacksonville, NC

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Source: Eifel Kreutz / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.4/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.5 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -2.4%
  • Total population: 71,908

10. Panama City, FL

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Source: RobHainer / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.6/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.2 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -6.6%
  • Total population: 34,254

9. Wilmington, NC

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Source: Michael Warren / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.7/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $9.9 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +1.5%
  • Total population: 116,933

8. Mount Pleasant, SC

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Source: PeterPhoto / Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 98.8/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $19.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +12.7%
  • Total population: 90,945

7. Hinesville, GA

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Source: SevenMaps / Shutterstock.com
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.0/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.0 million
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +3.6%
  • Total population: 34,732

6. Key West, FL

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Source: Ultima_Gaina / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.1/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $4.8 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +3.0%
  • Total population: 26,078

5. Fort Pierce, FL

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Source: Richard Wood / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.2/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $1.9 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +6.6%
  • Total population: 47,153

4. Hilton Head Island, SC

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Source: MargaretW / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $10.4 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: -4.9%
  • Total population: 37,708

3. New Bern, NC

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Source: ChrisBoswell / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.3/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $2.0 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +5.8%
  • Total population: 31,373

2. Bluffton, SC

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Source: Donna Brooks / iStock via Getty Images
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.5/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $4.7 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +71.1%
  • Total population: 29,375

1. Parkland, FL

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Source: BERT BERT / flickr
  • FEMA hurricane risk index score: 99.8/100
  • Total value of owner-occupied homes: $8.1 billion
  • Population change, 2017 to 2022: +20.5%
  • Total population: 34,832
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