Report: Over 25,000 homes at risk during Category 4 Hurricane in R.I.

OVER 25,000 single-family homes are considered at-risk to be impacted by storm surge in the event of a Category 4 hurricane in Rhode Island. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy battered Rhode Island’s coast in 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
OVER 25,000 single-family homes are considered at-risk to be impacted by storm surge in the event of a Category 4 hurricane in Rhode Island. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy battered Rhode Island’s coast in 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

PROVIDENCE – If a Category 4 hurricane were to hit Rhode Island, more than 25,000 single-family homes would be at risk to be impacted by storm surge, according to a report from CoreLogic Wednesday. The reconstruction value of those Rhode Island homes is a combined $7.3 billion, according to the report.

Rhode Island ranked as the No. 17 most at-risk coastal state to hurricanes in the nation along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

The report said that in total, more than 7.3 million homes along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts have the potential for storm surge damage during the most-powerful storms, with a total estimated reconstruction value of nearly $1.8 trillion.

Florida ranked No.1 this year for at-risk homes and reconstruction value of those homes.

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In addition to single-family homes, 646 multifamily homes in Rhode Island would be at risk for a Category 4 storm surge with a reconstruction value of $318 million.

Category 5 storm-surge damage was not calculated for Rhode Island in the report.

Massachusetts ranked as the No. 9 most at-risk state in the U.S. Connecticut ranked No. 12 this year, Maine ranked No. 18 and New Hampshire ranked last of all states included in the report at No. 19.

Below are the at-risk home storm surge statistics for Category 1, 2 and 3 in Rhode Island:

  • Rhode Island single-family homes at risk in a Category 3 hurricane: 16,513 homes with a reconstruction value of $4.7 billion
  • Rhode Island multifamily homes at risk in a Category 3 hurricane: 425 properties with a reconstruction value of $210.2 million
  • Rhode Island single-family homes at risk in a Category 2 hurricane: 7,423 homes with a reconstruction value of $2 billion
  • Rhode Island multifamily homes at risk in a Category 2 hurricane: 181 properties with a reconstruction value of $87.4 million
  • Rhode Island single-family homes at risk in a Category 1 hurricane: 1,391 homes with a reconstruction value of $351.3 million
  • Rhode Island multifamily homes at risk in a Category 1 hurricane: 35 properties with a reconstruction value of $16.4 million

The full report may be viewed online, but may require free registration.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. You may reach him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.