Lead article2017 Was the Costliest Year to Date – Here’s Why

“In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 2 flooding events, 1 freeze event, 8 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, and 1 wildfire event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 362 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.”

According to NOAA data, 2017 became the costliest year to date, surpassing 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina. Previously, 2005 topped the chart with $215 billion in losses. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped propel 2017 to a total of $306 billion in losses. Harvey created the most financial damage, resulting in nearly 41 percent of the total yearly cost, or $125 billion. Login to read more….

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Feb 2018 Index – ISSN #2165-2740 Vol. 21, No. 2

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  • 2017 Was the Costliest Year to Date – Here’s Why – Hart S. Brown, Firestorm
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