Harvey and Irma: Making History
The occurrences of Harvey and Irma were the first time in recorded history that two Category 4 or higher hurricanes struck the U.S. mainland in the same year. Additionally, Irma sustained intensity for the longest period of time of any hurricane or typhoon in any ocean of the world since the satellite era began.*
35 Million People Affected
Hurricane Irma represented the greatest loss of power in the modern era due to the weather, with more than 20 million people in the U.S. affected, and another 15 million in the Caribbean.*
Of the 203 weather disasters from 1980 to 2016, tropical cyclones have caused the most damage: $560.1 billion total, with an average $16 billion cost per event, and the highest number of deaths (3,210).
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused over $10 billion in damage to the Southeast coast, with historic levels of river flooding in eastern North Carolina. The storm’s 49 deaths accounted for the highest loss of life from a weather event in 2016.
The Drought of 2012
The 2012 drought was the most extensive and damaging to hit the U.S. since the 1930s. More than half the country was affected by moderate to extreme drought conditions, with costs reaching $31.5 billion and 123 deaths occurring as a direct result of the associated heatwave.