Billion-dollar disasters in 2017

By Judson Jones, CNN

Published 10:30 AM ET, Mon January 8, 2018
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The hurricane hit Texas around 11 p.m. ET on Friday, August 25, between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor. The Category 4 storm became a Category 1 by late Saturday morning, packing winds of 75 mph before Harvey stalled dropping trillions of gallons of rain over Texas. Harvey busted the US record for rainfall from a single storm, dumping 51 inches of rain in parts of Texas flooding much of the Houston Metro for days. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
It is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Irma lasted as a hurricane from August 31 until September 11. The storm, which stretched 650 miles from east to west, affected at least nine US states, turning streets into rivers, ripping down power lines, uprooting trees and cutting off coastal communities. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The hurricane made its first landfall on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica on Monday, September 18, as a Category 5 storm with winds topping 160 mph - the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall there. Days later, the storm devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico, leaving nearly the entire population in the dark. RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images
An unprecedented wildfire season out west led to 18 billion dollars in damages and 54 deaths. More than 1 million acres burned across Montana. In October, the Tubbs, Atlas, Nuns and Redwood Valley wildfires burned over 15,000 structures and became the costliest wildfire event on record. At the end of the year, another series of deadly wildfires burned hundreds of structures in the Los Angeles area. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images
The northern plains were hit especially hard by a drought that lasted from the spring to autumn. An estimated $2.5 billion in damages occurred as field crops withered in the sun. The lack of feed, due to damaged wheat, forced ranchers to sell off their cattle. Lauren Donovan/AP
Destructive hail fell across the Minneapolis metro as an extensive storm system moved through Minnesota and Wisconsin. High winds also contributed to the damage that totaled $2.4 billion across the region. Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images
In May, hail and extreme winds impacted several states from the Rocky Mountains to the Ozark Mountains and the plains in-between. Denver was especially hit with the most expensive hailstorm in Colorado History with insured losses exceeding $2.2. billion. The total estimated cost was at least $3.4 billion. Joe Amon/Denver Post/Getty Images
Severe storms stretching from the southern plains to Kentucky caused $2.6-$2.7 billion in damage. Large hail and high winds in Texas, just north of the Dallas metro, caused widespread damage. WSMV
An extensive tornado outbreak and powerful straight-line winds affected many from Kansas to New York in March of 2017. Nearly one million people lost power in Michigan. Overall there were between $2.1 and $2.2 billion in damage estimated across these states. Charlie Riedel/AP
In March, the second largest tornado outbreak of 2017 spawned 70 tornadoes from the Central US to the Southeast. Six people lost their lives and damages estimated to be nearly $1.8 billion. TANNEN MAURY/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
More than 15 inches of rain fell over a multi-state region leading to historical levels for multiple rivers in Missouri and Arkansas. Homes, businesses, infrastructure and agriculture were all affected leading up to $1.7 billion in damage and 20 lives lost. Luke Brodarick/AP
After years of being in severe drought, California saw an intense amount of rainfall that contributed to flooding, landslides, and erosion equaling $1.5 billion in damages. Most notable was the damages to the Oroville Dam spillway which lead to a multi-day evacuation of 188,000 residents. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Two separate Midwest storms each contributed over a billion dollars in damages in June. One caused $1.4 billion of damage due to straight-line winds, hail and more than a dozen tornadoes in Iowa and Nebraska. Another series of storms from Wyoming to New York contributed at least $1.5 billion of damage due to similar conditions, severe winds, tornadoes and destructive hail. Dave Kettering/AP
A violent storm system moved across the US in January. After damaging winds in southern California, the storm produced the third most tornadoes ever in a winter month. From Texas to Georgia, 79 confirmed tornadoes killed 24 and generated $1.1 billion in damages. MARK WALLHEISER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
It is not unheard of to have a freeze during March in the south, but what made this freeze different were the three weeks of unseasonably warm weather before it. Because of this warm weather, the southern crops had already bloomed and when the temperature got below freezing, it killed many of the peach, blueberry, strawberry and apple crops. AP