N.C. ranks No. 5 for homes at risk of natural disaster
While it's been a relatively quiet hurricane season so far in the warm ocean waters off the coast of North Carolina, a recent RealtyTrack report that ranks communities on their risk factor for natural disasters shows that it's not only coastal property owners who should be on alert.
According to RealtyTrac, Robeson County – specifically Lumberton, near Fayetteville – is tied overall with Georgia's Schley County in terms of risk of natural disasters.
Both communities ranked at "very high risk" or "high risk" for potential damage from hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and tornadoes. The only natural disaster that Lumberton doesn't have to worry too much about is earthquakes, according to the report.
Other North Carolina counties that also ranked at "very high risk" among the top 50 most disaster-prone counties out of 2,318 counties included in the RealtyTrac study were Brunswick, Richmond, Dulplin, Scotland, Cumberland, Onslow and Pender counties, all of which are prone to issues from flooding, hurricanes and wildfires.
Overall, North Carolina ranks fifth in the country for the number of homes that are at high risk or very high risk of natural disaster with 2.3 million homes in targeted counties. California ranks the highest with 8.4 million homes at risk, followed by Florida, New York, New Jersey, then North Carolina.
Wake County, Durham County and most of North Carolina's most populous cities were rated at "high risk" overall, mostly due to the risk of hurricane damage.