Wake County Hazard Mitigation Plan - January 2020


Severe weather can also cause significant agricultural losses. Between 2007-2017, the sum of claims paid for crop damage due to hail and wind damages inWake County was $1,285,682, or an average of $116,880 in losses every year. Table 4.68 summarizes the crop losses due to drought in reported in the RMA system. Table 4.66 – Crop Losses Resulting from Severe Weather, 2007-2017

Year 2007 2008 2009 2012 2015 2016 2017 2012 2014 2015 2016

Cause Description

Determined Acres

Indemnity Amount

Hail Hail Hail Hail Hail Hail Hail


$263,755.00 $61,333.00 $133,582.00 $11,728.00 $34,456.00 $132,304.30 $198,752.00 $835,910.30 $13,756.00 $12,110.40 $21,951.00 $401,954.45 $449,771.85 $1,285,682.15

25.80 91.78 16.56 33.10

382.98 202.71 890.03

Hail Subtotal

Wind/Excess Wind Wind/Excess Wind Wind/Excess Wind Wind/Excess Wind


7.92 9.62

174.55 208.59

Wind Subtotal



Source: USDA Risk Management Agency


The main environmental impact from wind is damage to trees or crops. Wind events can also bring down power lines, which could cause a fire and result in even greater environmental impacts. Lightning may also result in the ignition of wildfires. This is part of a natural process, however, and the environment will return to its original state in time. Hail can cause extensive damage to the natural environment, pelting animals, trees and vegetation with hailstones. Melting hail can also increase both river and flash flood risk. Consequence Analysis Table 4.67 summarizes the potential negative consequences of severe weather. Table 4.67 – Consequence Analysis – Severe Weather (Thunderstorm Winds, Lightning, and Hail)




Injuries; fatalities


Injuries; fatalities; potential impacts to response capabilities due to storm impacts Potential impacts to continuity of operations due to storm impacts; delays in providing services Possibility of structure fire ignition; potential for disruptions in power and communications infrastructure; destruction and/or damage to any exposed property, especially windows, cars and siding; mobile homes see increased risk Potential fire ignition from lightning; hail damage to wildlife and foliage Lightning damage contingent on target; can severely impact/destroy critical infrastructure and other economic drivers

Continuity of Operations (including Continued Delivery of Services) Property, Facilities and Infrastructure


Economic Condition of the Jurisdiction

Wake County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019


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