United States sets new record for major disasters

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricanes, western wildfires and mass flooding made 2017 the costliest year on record for disaster recovery in the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Monday.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday the destructive climate events came during the third-warmest year on record for the US.

Disputes over the NOAA's methodology aside, the 2017 events caused $306 billion in damage, with the vast majority of those costs coming from hurricanes, which accounted for $265 billion.

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The government agency recorded 16 weather-related events that cost over $1 billion each in 2017, tying a record set in 2011 after the NOAA began record-keeping in 1980. The previous record was $215 billion in 2005, when hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The only category that did not see a $1 billion disaster past year was a winter storm.

Rainfall from Harvey caused massive flooding that displaced over 30,000 people and damaged or destroyed over 200,000 homes and businesses, NOAA said. Harvey ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina, which at $160bn is the costliest storm in the 38 years that records have been kept.

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Climate change is "playing an increasing role in the increasing frequency of some types of extreme weather that lead to billion-dollar disasters", Smith said. Extreme rainfall up to 37 inches caused widespread flooding and mudslides across the island.

2017 was the third warmest year on record for the United States, which was tortured by drought, fire, hurricanes and floods and the effects were felt disproporionately wherever the pace of development, like on Houston's flood plain, has outstripped environmental considerations. 2016 and 2012 were the only warmer years.

Five states - Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina and SC - experienced their warmest year on record.

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"While the weather can change on a dime, our climate is steadily warming", said Shaun Martin of the World Wildlife Fund.

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

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