U.S. Already Has 23 Billion Dollar Disasters in 2023

Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Shows the Limits of America’s Defenses

Sep 16, 2023 by NYT > Climate and Environment

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  • Climate|Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Shows the Limits of America’s Defenses https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/12/climate/billion-dollar-disasters.html Advertisement SKIP ADVERTISEMENT RECORD NUMBER OF BILLION-DOLLAR DISASTERS SHOWS THE LIMITS OF AMERICA’S DEFENSES The country has been hit by 23 large-scale disasters since January, and hurricane season is far from over.
  • The United States has suffered 23 billion-dollar disasters so far in 2023, a record for this point in the year that highlights the country’s struggle to adapt to the effects of climate change.
  • The list, compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, includes the fire in Maui that killed at least 115 people, the deadliest United States wildfire in more than a century; Hurricane Idalia, which struck western Florida as a Category 3 storm; and a storm in Minnesota that dropped hail the size of pingpong balls, cutting off power for more than 25,000 homes and businesses.
  • A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 13, 2023, Section A , Page 17 of the New York edition with the headline: Billion-Dollar Disasters Hit a Record 23 in 2023.

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