Houston, Texas would rank fifth highest among U.S. cities in terms of potential property damage if it were to suffer a direct hit by a category five hurricane, the most severe type of hurricane, according to a new report.
The report, 2011 Storm Surge Report, by CoreLogic, a California-based information analytics company, estimated that a category five storm would cost Houston $20 billion in property loss, which would rank the city fifth behind Long Island, New York; Miami, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Tampa, Florida.
According to the report, Long Island could suffer a staggering $99 billion in property loss from a category five storm.
The report considered five data sets coastal surge risk, hurricane propensity, coastal water feature, mainland determination and elevation in developing its estimations. The most vulnerable ZIP codes in the Houston area include 77573, 77554, 77059, 77571, 77062, 77566, 77586, 77539, 77546 and 77521.
Swamplot (blog), A $20 Billion Bath for Houston, May 3, 2011.
CoreLogic website, Advanced Storm Surge Analytics Enhance Your Coastal Risk Profile.