Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to U.S. in 2017

Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to U.S. in 2017

0.0 (0)
1   0   0   0
Write Review
An Associated Press report published on 
January 8 in USA Today said that a trio of monster hurricanes and a 
ferocious wildfire season led to the costliest year for natural 
disasters on record in the U.S. in 2017, with nearly a third of a 
trillion dollars in damage, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration announced Monday, January9.

The U.S. endured 16 separate weather and
 climate disasters with losses that each exceeded $1 billion last year, 
with total costs of about $306 billion, a new record for the country. It
 broke the previous record set in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and other
 disasters caused $215 billion in damage to the U.S.

Last year’s disasters killed 362 people 
in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, NOAA said. However, NOAA 
climatologist Adam Smith said the death toll could increase based on 
information that continues to come in from Puerto Rico.

It was also the most expensive hurricane
 season on record at $265 billion and the costliest wildfire season on 
record at $18 billion, Smith said.

The news comes only weeks after the House passed an $81 billion disaster aid package. The Senate did not take up the bill and is working on its own version.

Hurricane Harvey racked up total damage 
costs of $125 billion, second only to Hurricane Katrina in the 38-year 
period of record keeping for billion-dollar disasters. Rainfall from 
Harvey caused massive flooding that displaced more than 30,000 people 
and damaged or destroyed more than 200,000 homes and businesses, NOAA 

Hurricanes Maria and Irma totaled $90 
billion and $50 billion in damage, respectively. Maria now ranks as the 
third-costliest weather and climate disaster on record for the nation 
and Irma ranks as the fifth-costliest.

The total of last year’s disaster costs 
is nearly the same as Denmark’s gross domestic product, which the World 
Bank tallied at $306.9 billion in 2016.

Climate change is “playing an increasing
 role in the increasing frequency of some types of extreme weather that 
lead to billion-dollar disasters, most notably the rise in vulnerability
 to drought, lengthening wildfire seasons and the potential for 
extremely heavy rainfall and inland flooding,” Smith said.

Another expert, University of Georgia 
meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, said that “while we have to be 
careful about knee-jerk cause-effect discussions, the National Academy 
of Science and recent peer-reviewed literature continue to show that 
some of today’s extremes have climate change fingerprints on them.”

The announcement came at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin.

As for temperatures in 2017, the U.S. sweltered through its 3rd-warmest year on record, trailing only 2012 and 2016, NOAA said.

For the third consecutive year, every state across the contiguous U.S. and Alaska was warmer than average.

Five states — Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico,
 North Carolina and South Carolina — experienced their warmest year on 
record. Thirty-two additional states, including Alaska, had annual 
temperatures that ranked among the 10 warmest on record.

“While the weather can change on a dime,
 our climate is steadily warming,” said Shaun Martin of the World 
Wildlife Fund. “Each year provides another piece of evidence in what 
science has already confirmed — the consequences of rising temperatures 
are putting people and wildlife at risk.”


“In the U.S., we’re seeing more severe 
droughts, wildfires, crop losses and more frequent coastal storms with 
deadly impacts,” Martin added.

Global temperature data for 2017 will be released on Jan. 18 by NOAA and NASA.


User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account
Movie Reviews

Tik Tik Tik (2018) Movie Review, Rating -2/5

Jun 22, 2018 47
Bottom Line: Logical loopholes and unimpressive CG impact this space travel.

Jamba Lakidi Pamba (2018) Telugu Movie Review, Rating -1.5/5

Jun 22, 2018 43
Bottom Line: A boring flick laced with poor jokes.

Incredibles 2 Movie Review, Rating -3.5/5

Jun 22, 2018 43
Bottom Line: Brad Bird and team Incredibles deliver a strong winner even after 14 years!
Restaurant Reviews

A final result for the enhanced with the working with Annotated Bibliography for Websites

Sep 22, 2017 78
Default Image
The Annotated Bibliography for Websites MatchFree Online Annotated Bibliography…

Fraud, Deceptions, and Downright Lies About Business Research Topic Ideas Exposed

Jun 13, 2018 69
Default Image
What You Don't Know About Business Research Topic IdeasCertainly one of those superb…

Hidden secret Cutting corners to choose Essay That Merely the Specialists Know About

Jun 08, 2018 71
Default Image
Choose Essay - Overview You don't have to forfeit your sociable time to have the…
Latest Yellow Pages
Mar 06, 2018

Andhramess Allen

Andhra Mess– Is the most popular South Indian Restaurant situated in Allen, US. We have…
Dec 04, 2017

Best deals on International flights is an innovative online travel company that enables its customers to book…
Sep 05, 2017

Roy Photography

Experienced in Indian and South-Asian Weddings and event photo and video services. Speaks…
Aug 02, 2017

Pista House

Pista House is known for meeting the diverse needs of customers thanks to its use of best…
Latest Classifieds
Jun 19, 2018

Enjoy a Healthier Life with our Organic & Natural Food Range

MyHomeGrocers is leading online store that offers 100% natural & organic products at best…
Jun 15, 2018

Say No To Heavy Shopping Bags Shop all Your Grocery Needs Online

Say No To Heavy Shopping Bags Shop All Your Grocery Needs Online
Jun 12, 2018


Jun 04, 2018

DEVOPS Training Schedule (Weekend Batch).

DEVOPS Training Schedule (Weekend Batch). Training Type: Online Live Interactive Training…
Default Image
Feb 03, 2018

DevOps Online Training Live Demo Feb 05, 2018(Monday) @7.00am IST

DevOps Online Training Live Demo Feb 05, 2018(Monday) @7.00am IST For USA Students Feb…
Default Image
Jan 31, 2018

selenium Training - learntek

Learntek: Selenium Training Schedule. Course Title: Selenium Training. Training Type:…
Jan 25, 2018

SAP Simple Finance Training by SAP Certified Industry Experts

We provide services throughout USA, UK, Australia,UAE, Canada, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand,…
Jan 04, 2018

Tableau Training Institute in Noida

Tableau computing device is a business intelligence andinformation visualization tool…