FIRST ALERT: The billion dollar disasters of 2018

Fourteen major disasters struck the US in 2018

FIRST ALERT: The billion dollar disasters of 2018
14 disasters resulted in damages over 1 billion dollars in 2018.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An active year of weather produced 14 disasters that totaled over $1 billion in 2018.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were 14 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included one drought, eight severe storm events, two hurricanes, one wildfire event and two winter storms.

14 disasters resulted in damages over 1 billion dollars in 2018.
14 disasters resulted in damages over 1 billion dollars in 2018. (NOAA)

Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 247 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

During 2018, the U.S. experienced an active year of billion-dollar disaster events, including the fourth highest total number of events, only behind the years 2017, 2011 and 2016. In 2018, the U.S. also experienced the fourth highest total costs ($91 billion) only behind the years 2017, 2005 and 2012, according to NOAA.

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