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Heat, Fire, Storms Caused $145 Billion in Damages Across U.S.

  • Last year was the fourth-warmest in 127 years of U.S. records
  • Disasters killed at least 688 people across country in 2021
A resident with a child walks amid debris surveying damage following a severe storm in Hartland, Minnesota, on Dec. 15, 2021.
A resident with a child walks amid debris surveying damage following a severe storm in Hartland, Minnesota, on Dec. 15, 2021.Photographer: Christian Monterrosa/Bloomberg

Storms, floods and fires killed 688 people across the U.S last year and caused more than $145 billion of losses, the third-highest tally in records going back to 1980, a government report showed.  

There were twenty disasters that exceeded $1 billion of losses each, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. They included last month’s tornado outbreak across Central U.S., western wildfires and heat waves, and four hurricane and tropical storm strikes on the Gulf of Mexico.