When it comes to bad weather — or just bad luck — some parts of the USA seem to attract disaster.
Thirty counties across the nation have been included in federal disaster declarations at least 10 times over the past decade, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal records. Most fall in what could be called the nation's disaster belt: a stretch of land from South Florida to rural Oklahoma that faces regular bouts of everything from giant hurricanes to floods, ice storms and wildfires.
The counties in it have endured significant destruction, and the disaster declarations have opened a floodgate of federal aid. Records show the government has issued more than $5 billion in grants and loans to those 30 hard-hit counties over the past decade.