WeatherTalk: Are weather risks exaggerated?
Statistics, however, easily create opportunities for misinterpretation
FARGO — Although weather ranks very high on lists of causes of property damage in the United States — think flood, hail, frozen water pipes, etc. — it hardly shows up on lists of causes of death. Even if natural causes of death are removed, weather is not a high-ranking killer. You are approximately 300 times more likely to die in a car crash than in a tornado.
Statistics, however, easily create opportunities for misinterpretation. You never know when a car crash is going to occur, but you are far more likely to become a victim of a tornado when you are within the boundaries of a tornado watch or a tornado warning. It is for this reason that it makes sense for all families and businesses to have a tornado plan that includes when and where shelter will be taken and how people will reconnect afterward in case cellphone service is disrupted.