Special Report

Most Devastating Natural Disasters in America in 2021

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20. Hurricane Nicholas
> Estimated damages: $1 billion
> Duration: Sept. 14-18, 2021
> Deaths: 0

This Category 1 hurricane made landfall near Sargent Beach, Texas, about 80 miles south of Houston. It moved slowly toward Louisiana in the following days, producing heavy rainfall and flooding in areas of the Gulf Coast that had already been ravaged by Hurricane Ida (the costliest U.S. weather disaster of 2021) two weeks earlier.

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19. Central Severe Storms
> Estimated damages: $1.1 billion
> Duration: Jul. 8, 2021 – Jul. 11, 2021
> Deaths: 0

Severe storms dumped hail in numerous states including Nebraska, the Dakotas, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. The storms also produced high winds that inflicted damaged to properties and vehicles.

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18. California Flooding and Severe Weather
> Estimated damages: $1.2 billion
> Duration: Jan. 24 – 29, 2021
> Deaths: 2

More than seven inches of rain fell in a short period of time along the coast of Central and Southern California, causing flooding, mudslides and power outages in many areas that had already been damaged recently by wildfires. Rainfall totals topped 15 inches in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

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17. Tropical Storm Elsa
> Estimated damages: $1.2 billion
> Duration: July 7- 9, 2021
> Deaths: 1

This tropical storm made landfall in Taylor County, Florida, about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee, inflicting heavy rains, high winds, and tornadoes on parts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The effects of the storm were felt into the Northeast where it caused flash flooding on Long Island.

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16. Southern Tornadoes and Southeast Severe Weather
> Estimated damages: $1.3 billion
> Duration: May 2-4, 2021
> Deaths: 4

Severe storms that caused high winds, hail, and tornadoes damaged swaths of Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. More than 111 tornadoes were registered during this severe weather, mostly in Mississippi and surrounding states.

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