Forbes Advisor recently reported disaster-related data for the US in 2022. These include hurricanes and tropical storms, tornados, severe storms, hail, flooding, extreme heat and drought, extreme cold, and wildfires.
A total of eighteen weather disasters, which killed 474 people, cost the US $175.2 billion in damage last year.
In the past ten years, the US had 166 billion-dollar weather disasters, costing $1.28 trillion in damage and resulting in 5,871 deaths.
Over the past five years, the US has averaged eighteen billion-dollar natural disasters a year.
For the past ten years, tropical cyclones ranked first in total disaster-related costs at $744.3 billion. “Severe” storms ($218 billion) and droughts ($112.9 billion) ranked second and third;
From January 2013 through January 2023, 95% of the 200 most populated US counties declared a natural disaster.
In 2021, 95% of catastrophic losses resulted from weather-related water impacts, hail, or wind.
About 90% of US natural disasters involve flooding.
By February 2023, approximately 3,500 wildfires had burned 28,700 acres for the year.
Last year (2022) the US had 68,988 wildfires, burning a total of 7.57 million acres (2.83 hectares). Over 40% of those acres were in Alaska.