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Top 5 Natural Disasters that Prove Everything is Bigger in Texas

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When it comes to a natural disaster, like a hurricane, tornado, or good old thunderstorm, Texas just has more ground to cover which translates to a lot more activity throughout the years. The following are just five of the incidents that showed just how big a disaster can be in Texas.

1. Hurricane Rita (2005)

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Photo: NASA.gov

Merely three weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, another hurricane made landfall resulting in additional destruction. This time, the destruction was largely concentrated in Texas and Louisiana both.

Hurricane Rita, made landfall on September 24, 2005, and proceeded to destroy or damage nearly 50,000 homes across nine counties of Southeast Texas. Thankfully the death toll was minimal as 113 deaths were reported. Houston and its surrounding metropolis were evacuated and even the Johnson Space Center relinquished control of the International Space Station to their Russian contemporaries in anticipation of the storms destruction. Many in the area tried to piece back their lives with minimal to no electrical services for weeks after the storm.

2. Bastrop County Complex Fire (2011)

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Photo: Flickr/Tim Patterson

When it comes to wildfires, the heat and drought associated with a Texas summer can take a small flare up to a devastatingly destructive incident in a hurry. On September 4, 2011, after an extremely dry summer, three separate fires began in Bastrop County. The high winds associated with a nearby tropical storm caused the fires to rage and later merge east of the City of Bastrop. There were two fatalities and an estimated $325 million in damages to property in the area. The fire raged through the month of September and was declared controlled on October 10, 2011. Bastrop State park and the Lost Pines Forest also sustained some damage. The fire was finally extinguished on October 29, 2011.

3. Valentine Earthquake (1931)

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Photo: texascooppower.com

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