FEMA says these six Minnesota counties are at increased risk

FEMA has a variety of maps and assessments for potential emergencies and natural disasters that could occur in the United States. Most of Minnesota is relatively safe, but there are six counties that are moderately high risk or relatively high risk in the state. These are the possible risks.

Most of Minnesota is in pretty good shape.

Almost all provinces are in a relatively low or very low risk index. FEMA looks at the following risks: Avanches, coastal flooding, cold waves, drought, earthquakes, hail, heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms, landslides, lightning strikes, river flooding, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, wildfires and winter weather.

Provinces with increased risks:

Anoka County

FEMA says Anoka County has a relatively moderate risk index. That puts it at 96.6 percentile among Minnesota counties, and 89.98 in the national percentile. What are the risks for Anoka?

It is no surprise that the risk of a cold snap is very high at almost 100%. Hail risk is relatively high, ice storms are very likely, and strong winds and tornadoes pose a risk to the province.

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Washington County

Washington County also has a relatively moderate risk, scoring 86.76 in the national percentile. The biggest threats to Washington County are cold waves, heat waves, ice storms, lightning strikes, high winds and tornadoes. The highest scoring threat on the index was high winds at 98.9 percent.

Ramsey County

There is a very high risk of cold waves and heat waves. Severe storms are a threat with a rating of 98.9 for high winds and a rating of 99 for tornadoes in Ramsey County.

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Dakota Province

As with virtually every county in Minnesota, the threat of a cold snap is relatively high. Other top threats FEMA identifies for Dakota County include heat waves, hail, high winds and tornadoes.

Scott County

The threats to Scott County include high winds, tornadoes and ice storms.

The county most at risk in Minnesota is Hennepin County

Hennepin County scored 95.58 on FEMA’s risk index. That makes it a relatively high risk due to winter weather, cold waves, heat waves, hail and strong winds. Tornadoes are a threat to Hennepin County with an index of 99.7.

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