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2017's natural disasters are going to cost us

Hundreds of billions of dollars, to be precise.

A map of the US shows where each of the 16 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters struck in 2017.

2017 Billion Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (NOAA)

2017 broke records for the number of extreme weather events that occurred, and the damages that resulted.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

It often felt like 2017 was just a serious of epic disasters, and now we have empirical proof. 2017 was a historic year for weather and climate hazards, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with 16 severe weather events that each cost more than a billion dollars.

2017 now ties with 2011 for the highest-ever frequency of

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