NOAA: U.S. weathered 18 billion-dollar disasters in 2022

TerraDaily.com reports: “The United States experienced 18 billion-dollar weather-related disasters in 2022, as climate change continues to cause severe weather events, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Tuesday.

The 18 disasters are tied for third-most in a year, behind only 2021 and 2020. The total damages for the 18 events reached about $165 billion, with Hurricane Ian accounting for $112.9 billion.

Other hurricanes brought vast damage, as well. Hurricane Fiona delivered 12-18 inches of rain to Puerto Rico, while Hurricane Ian brought 150-mph winds to southwest Florida. Hurricane Nicole was the first hurricane to hit the United States during November in nearly 40 years.

According to NOAA, 2022 was also an above-average tornado year…”

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