Natural disasters cost U.S. a record $306B final year

WASHINGTON — With three harmful hurricanes, extreme wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, a United States tallied a record high check final year for weather-related disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters final year with repairs surpassing a billion dollars each, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Monday.

That ties 2011 for a series of billion-dollar disasters, though a sum cost blew past a prior record of $215 billion in 2005.

Costs are practiced for acceleration and NOAA keeps lane of billion-dollar continue disasters going behind to 1980. Three of a 5 many costly hurricanes in U.S. story strike final year.

NOAA pronounced a 16 billion-dollar disasters enclosed 8 serious storms, 3 pleasant cyclones, dual flooding events, one wildfire event, one drought and one solidify event. These events resulted in a deaths of 362 people and had poignant mercantile effects on a areas they affected, a NOAA said.

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Hurricane Harvey cost $125 billion, second usually to 2005’s Katrina, while Hurricane Maria, that slammed Puerto Rico, cost $90 billion, ranking third, a NOAA said. Irma was a $50 billion storm, a fifth many costly whirly in U.S. history. 

Western wildfires fanned by hot, dry conditions racked adult $18 billion in damage, triple a prior U.S. wildfire record, according to a NOAA.

“While we have to be clever about knee-jerk cause-effect discussions, a National Academy of Science and new peer-reviewed novel continue to uncover that some of today’s extremes have climate change fingerprints on them,” pronounced University of Georgia meteorology highbrow Marshall Shepherd, a past boss of a American Meteorological Society.

NOAA announced a total during a society’s annual discussion in Austin, Texas.

The continue group also pronounced that 2017 was a third hottest year in U.S. annals for a Lower 48 states, with an annual heat normal of 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 12.6 degrees Celsius — 2.6 degrees aloft than a 20th century average. Only 2012 and 2016 were warmer. The 5 warmest years for a Lower 48 states have all happened given 2006. 

This was a third true year that all 50 states had above-average temperatures for a year. Five states — Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and New Mexico — had their warmest year ever. Temperature annals go behind to 1895.

NOAA says 2017 was a second-warmest year on record worldwide.

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