Minnesota's a great place to ride out the apocalypse

The Twin Cities metro is one of the places safest from natural disasters.

The forest fires in California and the devastating hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have cost billions of dollars in damage and put natural disaster preparation back in the spotlight.

But Twin Citians at least can sleep easy, as they live in one of the metro areas least at risk from natural disasters.

That's the finding of ranking website Sperling's Best Places, which identified the Top 10 Safest Cities from disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes.

The 2011 tornado that tore through north Minneapolis shows the Twin Cities aren't immune to dangerous weather, but compared to most other major metros we're relatively safe.

Sperling's analysis weighed eight risk factors by severity and frequency of the threat, with tornadoes and hurricanes considered the biggest threat, followed by flooding and earthquakes, then drought, hail, wind and wildfires.

The Twin Cities ranked 7th safest on the list, which was topped by Portland.

It's probably why this Los Angeles-based reporter tweeted this as the City of Angels experienced 100-degree heat on Tuesday.

That said, there were three cities in California – San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento – that also ranked among the Top 10 Safest places, despite the whole San Andreas Fault earthquake risk.

But as Sperling's explained, the risk from a major earthquake is less than that of hurricanes and tornadoes.

"It's entirely possible that one could spend a lifetime in California and never be impacted by an earthquake, while hurricanes and tornados can occur regularly."

Minnesota has the tornado risk for sure, albeit not as bad as cities in Tornado Alley, and the state has experienced some flooding in recent years from torrential rainstorms and damage from high winds.

The study doesn't consider ridiculous, stupidly-long winters to be a natural disaster, otherwise the Twin Cities would probably be top.

The worst places for natural disasters are mostly coastal cities that bear the brunt of Atlantic hurricanes and, going forward, potential climate change-linked flooding.

Miami is in first place, followed by Austin, Texas, and tornado-heavy Oklahoma City in third.

Dallas, Tampa, Houston and New Orleans are also among the 10 least safe cities.

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