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U.S. Disaster Losses Mounting

Posted by feww on August 18, 2011

YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion: NWS

Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.

The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 18 Entry

  • USA. YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion, NWS reported.
    • The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.
    • Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.
    • The U.S. has sustained 108 weather-related disasters over the past 31 years in which overall damages/costs topped $1 billion each, with the total normalized losses exceeding $750 billion.


Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – mid-August 2011. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge

List of the US Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters 2011 (preliminary)

  • Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer, 2011 [losses of $1.0 billion, at least 5 deaths]
  • Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer, 2011 [up to $4.0 billion; at least 2 deaths]
  • Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Summer, 2011 [well over $5.0 billion; losses expected to rise dramatically as events are ongoing]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, May 22-27, 2011 [total losses greater than $7.0 billion; at least 177 deaths]
  • Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes, April 25-30, 2011 [total losses greater than $9.0 billion; at least 327 deaths]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 14-16, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 38 deaths]
  • Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes, April 8-11, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.2 billion; numerous injuries]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 4-5, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.3 billion; at least 9 deaths]
  • Groundhog Day Blizzard, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 36 deaths]

[Source: NCDC]

 

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2 Responses to “U.S. Disaster Losses Mounting”

  1. Laurie said

    It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the financial disasters that have been going on . . . .

    • feww said

      The main difference between the two being one relates to Monopoly money [and political control that goes with it] leaving the hands of a small group of people into the pockets of just a few, the other showing the extent of disasters as experienced by ordinary people.

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