Texas Tops 10 States Ravaged by Extreme Weather in 2011
No. 8 Connecticut
Tropical Storm Irene brought flooding and massive power failures to CT but the record October snowstorm did the most damage taking out power to over 700,000 people . Credit: bbcamericangirl/flickr.
Snowstorms aren’t usually news in Connecticut — but 2011 was hardly usual. Hartford was buried under a record-setting 57 inches of snow in January, making it the all-time snowiest month in state history. Then, nearly two months before the next winter began, Connecticut was blasted by the worst October snowstorm in 200 years. The heavy wet snow, which cost the state more than $500 million, sent trees and tree limbs falling onto power lines, leaving more than 700,000 people without heat or lights. In the worst power failure in state history, MANY didn’t get their electricity back for more than a week.
In August, Tropical Storm Irene pummeled the state with heavy rains and gale-force winds that caused devastating floods and turned the lights out on more than 650,000 people. Some areas were pounded with as much as eight inches of rain in just 24 hours.