Apr 23, 2019

The Deadliest Weather of 2018 May Surprise You

by
Chris Dolce
,
Weather Underground

Extreme heat was the deadliest weather in 2018 with 108 lives lost, according to statistics recently released by NOAA. Although heat doesn't grab headlines like hurricanes and tornadoes do, it has on average contributed to the most weather-related deaths annually (136) over the last 30 years.

Weather-related deaths in the United States in 2018.

Flooding killed 80 people last year, the second most of any category in NOAA's report. That's near the long-term average of 87 flooding deaths per year, however, it's also the first time since 2014 the toll has been less than 115 for a single year.

About 25 percent of the flooding fatalities in 2018 were from Hurricane Florence (16) and Hurricane Michael (5).