Weather disasters in August, including hurricanes and wildfires, caused at least $1B each in damage
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A total of four billion-dollar weather disasters occurred last month in the United States, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday, adding to a costly total that's adding up in 2020.
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The derecho that roared across the Midwest, Hurricanes Isaias and Laura, and the California wildfires in August were weather events that all turned into separate billion-dollar disasters.
That means through August, there have been 14 billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. this year.
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NOAA shared satellite imagery from all four disasters, taken from the GOES-R satellites.
Back in July, NOAA said the U.S. had reached 10 separate billion-dollar disasters for the sixth consecutive calendar year in a row, a new record.
Those disasters in the first half of the year were all due to severe storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail across more than 30 states, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
Before 2020, only 2016 and 2017 had up to 14 billion-dollar disasters through August, according to NOAA data.
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In reviewing data from 1980 to 2020, weather disasters classified as severe storms make up around 15 percent of total disaster costs. The severe storms that roared across the Midwest were known as a derecho, and brought 100 mph winds to parts of Iowa.