Extreme Weather Extracts Heavy Toll Across States
Extreme weather wreaked havoc on the nation in 2012, as almost every state was touched by a climate event whose economy-wide cost exceeded $1 billion. The year saw a near-record 11 of those events, highlighted by Hurricane Sandy and a still-lingering drought. Combined, the two disasters are thought to have killed 254 people. Using federally compiled data, here’s a look at the costliest disasters over the past two decades.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts