U.S. shat­ters record for dis­as­ter costs

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

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.

Kirsten Luce / New York Times

A bridge is dam­aged af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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