Only once has America seen more billion-dollar weather disasters

THE UNITED STATES recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011. Above, damage in Providence caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
THE UNITED STATES recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011. Above, damage in Providence caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
NEW YORK - In the year that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord and downplayed global warming as a security threat, the U.S. received a harsh reminder of the perils of the rise in the planet’s temperature: a destructive rash of hurricanes, fires and floods. The country recorded 15 weather events costing $1…
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