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. (Source: NOAA)

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. (Source: 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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