Deadliest Weather Conditions

Some Killer Weather Safety Tips to Beat Nature's Wrath

Mother Nature is beautiful, but she's got a temper with a hair trigger. The trick to dodging her bad moods is to be prepared and use some good judgment when she strikes. She brings wind, water and can even move the Earth when she's really pissed.

In fact, Momma Nature fills in several spots on the leading causes of death chart. Here are the deadliest weather conditions she has to offer--based on government death tolls--and follow the links on each slide for severe weather safety tips to get through it alive.


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We Pacific coast folks have earthquakes and we're always asked how can we handle living where the earth shakes. One thing I can say: At least we don't have an earthquake season!

On the other side of the country, there's a time of year dedicated to tropical cyclones. I know you hurricane people are eventually going to get another one; they form every year. Plus, earthquakes won't be on this list because they aren't caused by weather.


Twisters have a way of ripping stuff up like a weed eater cutting through the lawn. Get low or get out of the way.

Whatever you do, stay out from under bridges and overpasses, despite what you've seen on TV about avoiding tornadoes.



Just like any mom worth the moniker, once in a while Mother Nature decides to reach down and slap somebody upside the head. If you hear her getting mad, it's time to duck and cover. I recommend concrete buildings away from telephone and power lines to keep the lightning outside.


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Floods are the most underrated weather phenomenon. Rains cause it; tsunamis cause it; hurricanes cause it.

Besides, the most famous flood ever got a 40 day starring role in the ultimate bestselling book of all time. And, there is something fascinating about seeing a house floating down river.

The most important thing to remember in a flood: Stay out of the water! Way too many people try to drive their cars through some innocent looking stream and find themselves washed away by nothing more than a few inches of fast moving H2O.


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Oh, snap! Ice, ice, baby! Frozen looks a lot better on a margarita than on you.

Oh well, I say let it go. The cold never bothered me anyway. Stay warm to the core with these tips for avoiding the deep freeze.

But, don't get too warm, because that brings us to the most deadly weather of all...


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And the winner is...

Heat kills more people than any other weather. At least when it's cold, you can burn something or add layers. It's not as easy to cool off. As far as heat goes, once you're naked, only water or technology will help.

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