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The Worst Winter Storms In US History

The Worst Winter Storms in US History

Until the recent blizzard that swept the Northeast, the 2015-2016 winter season was surprisingly snow-free and relatively warm. While we at Citiwide Adjusters are not exactly nostalgic for non-El Nino years of regular snowfall and deep-freeze temperatures, we did spend a little time this month reflecting on some of the biggest weather events of the recent past. Read on to learn about the five biggest blizzards in the US (so far) and the damage that they left behind.

Great Blizzard of 1888

The Great Blizzard of 1888 unceremoniously dumped four feet of snow on New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The storm caused $20 million in damages. Even worse, the storm caused the greatest number of deaths out of any recorded blizzard in the United States: Over four hundred people died due to snow, cold temperatures or structural collapses.

Storm of the Century

This massive blizzard swept through the Northeast Corridor in 1993 and caused a record-breaking amount of property damage: Nearly $9 billion worth, in fact. The blizzard, which developed rapidly into a massive storm system, also caused widespread airport shutdowns and other public transit interruptions as well as loss of power to 10 million residences.

Great Appalachian Storm of 1950

The $67 million in damages left behind by this 8-day storm doesn’t place it as the most expensive of all time. However, its damages do earn it one distinction: At the time, this weather event resulted in insurance companies paying out more to policy holders than any other storm, blizzard or hurricane previously had.

Schoolhouse Blizzard 1888

1888 was not a happy year, weather-wise. Arguably, the most tragic event was a Midwestern blizzard that killed 235. While this is nearly half the number that died in the Northeast, most of the storm’s casualties were children, giving the Schoolhouse Blizzard its haunting alternative name of “The Children’s Blizzard.” Most of them froze to death—sometimes steps from shelter.

Knickerbocker Storm 1922

This two-day storm, which landed in the United States on January 27, 1922, is named for the most damaging that occurred during the storm. One January 28, the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, D.C. collapsed. The collapse was due to the theater’s flat roof, which allowed gathering snow to weigh down the roof until it could no longer support the weight.

We’re the last people to hope for another damaging blizzard this season. However, if your home has been affected by winter weather damage, we can help. Call Citiwide Adjusters to get your settlement in full.

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