Of the 203 weather disasters from 1980 to 2016, tropical cyclones have caused the most damage: $560.1 billion total, with an average $16 billion cost per event, and the highest number of deaths (3,210).
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused over $10 billion in damage to the Southeast coast, with historic levels of river flooding in eastern North Carolina. The storm’s 49 deaths accounted for the highest loss of life from a weather event in 2016.
The Drought of 2012
The 2012 drought was the most extensive and damaging to hit the U.S. since the 1930s. More than half the country was affected by moderate to extreme drought conditions, with costs reaching $31.5 billion and 123 deaths occurring as a direct result of the associated heatwave.