NOAA reports that the US has experienced at least 8 billion-dollar disasters in the first half of 2016
- Published: Friday, 08 July 2016 08:23
At the halfway point of 2016 the US has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters that have each met or exceeded $1 billion in damages. These eight disasters resulted in the loss of 30 lives, and caused at least $13.1 billion, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
The eight billion-dollar disasters were:
- February 22-24: Southeast/Eastern tornadoes
- March 8-12: Texas & Louisiana flooding
- March 17-18: Southern severe weather
- March 23-24: North Texas hail storm
- April 10-12: North/Central Texas hail storm
- April 17-18: Houston flooding
- April 26-May 2: South/Southeast tornadoes
- May 21-26: Rockies/Central tornadoes & severe storms
Damages for the late-June flooding event in West Virginia are still being assessed and are likely to increase the half-year total to nine billion-dollar disasters.
In the whole of 2015, the US experienced a total of 10 individual disasters reaching the $1 billion threshold.