Special Report

Every Billion Dollar Weather Disaster in the US After 2020

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Tornado Outbreak, Southern
> Duration: Mar 30, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022
> Estimated cost: $1.3 billion — #15 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 2

Public and private properties were significantly damaged across the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida by an outbreak of 83 tornadoes, including three considered “Strong” on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado intensity. A school, a municipal airport and many homes and businesses in Washington County Arkansas were damaged by one of these stronger tornadoes.

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Southeast, Tornado Outbreak
> Duration: Apr 4, 2022 to Apr 6, 2022
> Estimated cost: $1.3 billion — #15 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 3

A springtime outbreak of 100 tornadoes touched down in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, including 13 that registered as “Strong” to “Violent” on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado intensity. The strongest of these tornadoes struck Pembroke, Georgia, with sustained winds of 185 mph, wrecking several neighborhoods.

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Southern Severe Weather
> Duration: Apr 11, 2022 to Apr 13, 2022
> Estimated cost: $2.2 billion — #7 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 1

Severe weather erupted across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Hail contributed to damage in Central Arkansas while damaging high winds blew across central Mississippi, northeast Arkansas, and west-central Kentucky. Hail damage from this system was also reported in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Hail storms, North Central
> Duration: May 9, 2022 to May 9, 2022
> Estimated cost: $1.2 billion — #23 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: None on record

Communities from south-central Minnesota to western Wisconsin experienced hail storms, with hail as large as a baseball in some places. The storm damaged properties and public infrastructure.

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North Central Severe Weather
> Duration: May 11, 2022 to May 12, 2022
> Estimated cost: $1.3 billion — #15 highest since 2020
> Estimated deaths: 1

Parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska were struck with severe weather that brought damaging high winds and hail. More than two dozen tornadoes touched down in eastern South Dakota and central Minnesota, damaging properties and crops.

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