Natural disasters are costing people’s lives and billions of dollars annually
Published 9:00 AM, January 18, 2023
In 2022, the U.S. experienced 18 weather or climate events that caused at least $1 billion in damage. In total, the price tag is over $165 billion, according to a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)
Not only were there a significant number of weather events, Adam Smith, applied climatologist for NOAA, said, but the events were highly diverse.
Hurricane Ian and the droughts and heatwaves in the central and western parts of the U.S. were two of the costliest weather events of 2022, causing over $135 billion in damages combined, he said.
The $165 billion figure does not account for money lost through supply-chain disruptions, physical or mental health care costs. Nor does it include the cost of damages from the December 2022 winter storms because those damages are still being calculated, Smith explained.