19 Jan '12, 8pm

Two More Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters

Two More Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters

Associated Press Flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in Binghamton, N.Y., last September. The count of billion-dollar weather disasters for 2011 has taken another jump. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, still adding up the costs of the extreme weather events that plagued the country last year, announced on Thursday that two more had surpassed the $1 billion mark, for a total of 14. And the agency is still counting. The latest additions were Tropical Storm Lee , in early September, and a severe weather outbreak in the Rockies and Midwest from July 10 to 14. Lee hit the Gulf Coast and caused wind and flood damage across a broad swath of the country, with some of the worst flooding in New York and Pennsylvania. The Rockies outbreak featured wind, hail and floods, notably in Colorado and Wyoming. The previously tallied billion-dollar events in 2011 included the...

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