Handicapping Huge Hurricanes, Catastrophe Claims Climbing

Weather-related catastrophe damages in the United States, thusfar in 2011, have risen as high as $35 billion according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheris Administration. This includes all insured and uninsured loss estimates from storms, tornadoes, flooding and heat waves, and it ties a record set in 2008, according to sources cited in a recent article by Dennis Wall.

This year has seen two to three times the number of weather disasters that the United States faces on average annually. Approximately 160 deaths from tornadoes in Missouri pushed the 2011 count of weather catastorphe deaths to 589.

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