U. S. nears yearly record for costlyweather disasters
Howling winds, deadly floods, fire and ice so far this year have pushed the U.S. into a tie for weather disasters that topped $1 billion in damage.
There have been 15 costly disasters through September, tying 2011 for the most billiondollar weather disasters for the first nine months of a year.
The record for a year is 16 — set in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina and other deadly storms — and the hurricane season is not over yet.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the figures Friday that include three hurricanes, three tornado outbreaks, four severe storms, two floods, a drought, a freeze and wildfires.
NOAA hasn’t calculated the costs from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but an outside disaster risk company estimates the U.S. damage from the three hurricanes to be around $150 billion. The remaining disasters so far this year have cost more than $21.7 billion and killed 282 people, according to NOAA.
Damage figures are adjusted for inflation; records for billion-dollar disasters go back to 1980.
— The Associated Press