In 2017, extreme weather events caused $306 billion in damages, making it the most expensive year to date. Wildfires ravaged the west coast and three major hurricanes caused significant damages in Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast. Hail storms in the central states and freezes in the midwest caused additional damages. Since 1980, 223 extreme weather events have cost the United States nearly $1.5 trillion.
Wildfires are currently blazing in the west, and hurricane season is coming up fast. Will 2018 be the new record holder? We certainly hope not. As of July 9th, there have been 6 extreme weather events costing $1 billion.
Want to know more about what types of events are considered in these totals, and where these events occur? Click through the map below to see last year's data.