2. May 2011 tornadoes. An estimated 180 tornadoes were sighted in the devastating line of storms from May 22-27, including EF-5 in Joplin, Mo., that caused 160 deaths.
3. East coast blizzard and severe storms, March 1993. This set of storms, which included everything from tornadoes in Florida to heavy snows of more than 2 feet on the eastern seaboard, greatly affected Ohio as well.
4. May 2003 tornadoes and severe weather. Severe storms set a modern one-week record for tornadoes with an estimated 400 hitting the Ohio and Tennessee valleys from May 3-10.
5. Snowstorms of January 1996. Approximately one to four feet fell on the Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, creating serious flooding afterwards.
The following table are the three worst droughts and heatwaves that have hit Ohio, according to NOAA.
|1||U.S. Drought/Heatwave||June 1-Aug. 31, 1988||$41.2 billion|
|2||U.S. Drought/Heatwave||2012||$31.8 billion|
|3||U.S Drought||March 1- Nov. 30, 2002||$12.1 billion|
The data show that even though the most damaging natural occurrence has been drought and heatwaves, a single storm can still create a catastrophe for those affected.
Note that the amount shown was paid in total and is not what each state paid in damages.