NOAA: Weather-related damage in 2012 was near record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal weather experts say extreme weather caused extreme losses in 2012.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration says 11 weather- and climate-related disasters caused over 300 deaths last year, and damage that exceeded $1 billion each.

That makes 2012 the second costliest year on record, with a total of more than $110 billion in damage. Only 2005 topped that with $160 billion in damage, largely due to four devastating land-falling hurricanes including Katrina.

Last year the big one was Superstorm Sandy, which caused over 130 deaths and about $65 billion in damage. Along with that, billion-dollar disasters in 2012 included tornados, a yearlong drought, heatwave and associated wildfires.

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237-v-34-(David Melendy, AP correspondent)–The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says extreme weather caused extreme losses in 2012. The AP’s David Melendy has the details. (13 Jun 2013)

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