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Calculate Your Hurricane Risk with New Web Site

The city of Houston and Rice University have produced a risk calculator that tells you your chances of getting flood or wind damage from a direct-hit hurricane.

The Storm Risk Calculator isn't the fastest thing around, but you can enter your address and eventually it will show you your risks for rainfall, wind damage, storm surge and power outage. Within each of those categories you can increase the strength of the storm to see further results.

We're not sure we buy it all -- it told us our house was at low risk for a power outage in a Category 2 storm, and that only 5 to 20 percent of the homes in our neighborhood would lose power. Ike kept us in the black for almost two weeks.

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