Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017


A disastrous hurricane season combined with wildfires and other extreme weather events inflicted a record-setting toll on the U.S. in 2017, with 16 billion-dollar weather and climate events costing a total of $306 billion in damage. These events caused 362 direct deaths.

These figures come from a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released on Monday morning. 

The previous costliest year for the U.S. was 2005, when losses totaled $215 billion, largely due to the three major hurricane strikes of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. 

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