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Every Billion Dollar Weather Disaster in the US After 2020

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Texas Hail Storms
> Duration: Apr 12, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021
> Estimated cost: $1.5 billion — #11 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: None on record

Several hail storms erupted across central Texas, damaging homes, business, and vehicles. The heaviest hail was reported northeast of Austin, southwest of The Woodlands, and west of Georgetown.

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Texas and Oklahoma Severe Weather
> Duration: Apr 27, 2021 to Apr 28, 2021
> Estimated cost: $3.3 billion — #6 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: None on record

Tornadoes, damaging high wind, flooding and hail struck across Texas and Oklahoma, causing significant damage to properties and vehicles. The most impacted areas were in Texas, southwest of San Marcos, north of Fort Worth, and west of San Antonio.

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Southern Tornadoes and Southeast Severe Weather
> Duration: May 2, 2021 to May 4, 2021
> Estimated cost: $1.3 billion — #15 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 4

Less than two months after dozens of tornadoes touched down in several southern and southeastern states, more twisters, along with hail and damaging high winds, struck much of the same region. At least 111 tornadoes were reported, grouped mostly in central Mississippi and surrounding states.

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Louisiana Flooding
> Duration: May 17, 2021 to May 18, 2021
> Estimated cost: $1.4 billion — #12 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 5

Communities in Louisiana and coastal Texas were struck with widespread floods, resulting in hundreds of water rescues. Baton Rouge and Lake Charles were struck particularly hard by the weather event, which dumped more than 12 inches of water in a short period of time in parts of the affected area.

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Western Wildfires
> Duration: Jun 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021
> Estimated cost: $10.6 billion — #3 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 8

The drought and high temperatures in the western United States throughout much of 2021 caused a damaging wildfire season across California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Arizona. The Dixie Fire burnt nearly a million acres, making it the second biggest single wildfire on record in California. Other Western fires in 2021 were large enough to earn names, including the Telegraph Fire of Arizona, the Ford Corkscrew Fire in Washington, and the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. More than 7.1 million acres went up in flame in the region last year.

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