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IRVINE, CA—A total of 373 US counties have been classified asvery high risk for natural disasters, and most of these countiesare in southern states, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. The total number ofhousing units in those counties was 10.6 million,representing only 8% of total US housing units.

The report analyzed 3,138 US counties for risk of earthquakes,hurricanes and tornados and found that the counties with thehighest natural-disaster risk were in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee,Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.