Natural disasters caused $306bn in total damage across America in 2017 – the largest amount for one year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported.
A trio of devastating hurricanes and multiple wildfires all helped contribute to the record-breaking year, raising concerns about the effects of future natural disasters.
“During 2017, the US experienced a historic year of weather and climate disasters,” the report said. “In total, the US was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events tying 2011 for the record number of billion-dollar disaster
Other large costs stemmed from tornadoes, droughts, flooding and other severe weather events.
As Congress approved massive disaster aid packages in 2017, scientists continued to fear that climate change could make future extreme weather events even more disastrous. But it is still difficult to know how much climate change should be blamed for disaster costs.