U.S. shatters record for disaster costs
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combines with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.
The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage last year, with 16 events that caused more than $1 billion in damage each. The bulk of the damage, at $265 billion, came from hurricanes.
A bridge is damaged after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.