Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 set to become worst ever year for U.S. weather disasters - costing the economy more than £35 Billion - 19th Aug 2011

The U.S. has already been hit by more natural disasters in 2011 than any previous year - and that is before the hurricane season has even started.

Flooding, blizzards, drought and tornadoes from just nine events have each caused more than $1 billion worth of damage.

It brings the total cost of cleaning up the country in the past eight months to a staggering $35 billion.

National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes said: 'The nation is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather. It doesn't take a wizard to predict that 2011 will go down in history.' Read More