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April 4, 2011

The 10 Most Expensive Weather Disasters in America

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Natural disasters -- earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, drought, cyclones, snowstorms -- wreak havoc on individual lives as well as the economies of the state or nation where they occur. To track the cause and effects of these disasters, as well as responses and associated costs, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the Department of Commerce has reviewed global weather data using the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's network of orbiting satellites.

Their study of disasters over the past 30 years from 1980-2010 tallied 99 natural disasters whose economic costs (not including human life) surpassed $1 billion. Mainstreet has built a slideshow of The Most Expensive Weather Disasters in America. Coming in at #1 as most expensive was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with damages of $133.8 billion.

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