Special Report

Worst Natural Disasters in the US in the Last 10 Years

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40. Hurricane Isaac
> Deaths: 9
> Est. cost: $3.1 billion
> Disaster classification: Tropical cyclone
> Date: August 2012

Hurricane Isaac was a large, slow moving storm that affected several southeastern states: Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and most severely, Louisiana. The storm brought 20 inches of rain to New Orleans and lead to a total of nine deaths in the United States. Before making landfall in the United States, the storm was blamed for 24 deaths in Haiti and five in the Dominican Republic.

Source: National Weather Service

39. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes
> Deaths: 9
> Est. cost: $3.2 billion
> Disaster classification: Severe storm
> Date: April 2011

On April 4 and 5 of 2011, an estimated 46 tornadoes tore through parts of nine states — Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The storms lead to nine deaths and caused $3.2 billion in damage

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38. Southeast and Eastern Tornadoes
> Deaths: 10
> Est. cost: $1.1 billion
> Disaster classification: Severe storm
> Date: February 2016

Over two days in February 2016, severe storms and at least 50 confirmed tornadoes ripped across the east coast and as far west as Texas and as far east as Connecticut and Massachusetts. The storms wrought $1.1 billion in damage and resulted in 10 deaths.

Source: National Weather Service Office in Norman, Oklahoma

37. Midwest/Plains/Northeast Tornadoes
> Deaths: 10
> Est. cost: $2.0 billion
> Disaster classification: Severe storm
> Date: May 2013

Some 92 tornadoes were confirmed across Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, MIssouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas between May 27 and May 31, 2013. Along with tornadoes, hail and straight-line wind lead to $2.0 billion in damage. Most of the fatalities from the storms occurred in and around El Reno, Oklahoma.

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36. Northeast Flooding
> Deaths: 11
> Est. cost: $2.2 billion
> Disaster classification: Flooding
> Date: March 2010

Multiple nor’easters struck six states in the northeast over the month of March in 2010. The first dropped as much as 10 inches of rain in parts of the region in combination with wind gusts of up to 70 mph, leading Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to declare states of emergency. A second storm that hit two weeks later broke monthly precipitation records in many areas and lead to the worst flooding in Rhode Island in at least 200 years.

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