Thursday, December 8, 2011

Billion-dollar weather disasters smash US record

[ Yahoo News ] 8 Dec

America smashed the record for billion-dollar weather disasters this year with a deadly dozen, and counting. The U.S. in 2011 has seen more weather catastrophes that caused at least $1 billion in damage than it did in all of the 1980s, even after the dollar figures from back then are adjusted for inflation.

Extreme weather in America this year has killed more than 1,000 people, according to National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes. The dozen billion-dollar disasters alone add up to $52 billion. The old record for $1 billion disasters was nine, in 2008.

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