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It's time to prepare ourselves. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week released its list of climate events that have had the greatest economic impact on the U.S. from 1980 to 2017. At $306 billion, last year’s sustained costs due to weather disasters was 43 percent higher than in 2005, which had hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Hurricane Harvey alone caused $125 billion in damage, only $1 billion less than all of 2012 (which included Hurricane Sandy). A RECORD, AND IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE. Annual cost of billion-dollar weather disasters in the U.S.*. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. *CPI-adjusted. Tropical cyclones are the most damaging weather ev... Full story

13 January