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Flooding and High Winds Produce the Most Damage in 2016

[Photo credit: NOAA remote sensing division, 2016. Flooding in Port Vincent, Louisiana]

Flooding and wind damage were the most destructive natural hazards in 2016, according to the Claims Journal. Last year, most hazards were below average, but due mostly in part to Hurricane Matthew, losses due to flooding and high winds were above average.

The Claims Journal says, “At $17 billion, total flood loss in 2016 was six times greater than the overall flood damage experienced in 2015. Five flood-related events last year exceeded $1 billion in losses.”

[Photo credit: NASA, Hurricane Matthew]

The article also states that “Due in large part to the strong winds brought by Hurricane Matthew, the land area impacted by severe winds (>80 mph) was three times greater than in 2015. Almost one-third of the continental U.S. experienced wind events of 60 mph or higher in 2016.”

All other natural hazard claims were at or below average, including tornadoes, wildfires, hail, earthquakes, and winter storms. You can read more specific details on each hazard here: Floods, Damaging Winds Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2016.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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