Year of Misfortune: Top 12 Billion-Dollar U.S. Disasters

On March 2 and 3, citizens of nine states in the Midwest and Southeast faced what could only be described as a swarm of tornadoes. Over two days 131 tornadoes were reported. They caused $1.5 billion in damages and were the first of what may be yet another year of billion-dollar disasters.

Many will recall that during 2011 billion-dollar disasters seemed to come a dime a dozen. Twelve different disasters amassed a toll of over $1 billion apiece, with a grand total of over $50 billion. The number of billion-dollar disasters in 2011 broke the previous record from 2008 by four disasters. According to a United Nations report, the frequency of mass weather calamities is “virtually certain” to continue.

Check out Bloomberg’s recap of 2011 disaster misfortune here.

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