Near Record Weather-Related Damage Reported In 2012

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2013)--Eleven weather- and climate-related disasters caused more than 300 deaths last year, and damage that exceeded $1 billion each, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

That makes 2012 the second costliest year on record, with a total of more than $110 billion in damage, NOAA said.

Only 2005 topped that with $160 billion in damage, largely due to four devastating land-falling hurricanes including Katrina.

Last year the big one was Superstorm Sandy, which caused more than 130 deaths and about $65 billion in damage.

Along with that, billion-dollar disasters in 2012 included tornados, a yearlong drought, heat wave, and associated wildfires.

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