This home in Mantoloking, New Jersey, was destroyed during the October 2012 landfall of Hurricane Sandy. Roughly eight months after the supersized storm pummeled the East Coast, the Jersey Shore has made a comeback. But the same can’t be said for all U.S. towns and cities affected by extreme-weather events like massive hurricanes, destructive wildfires, and oppressive heatwaves.
In just 2011 and 2012, for example, 25 record-shattering weather events killed more than 1,000 people in the United States alone. And then there’s the financial burden of these colossal disasters, which caused an estimated $188 billion in damages in the same two-year span.
Most scientists agree that a warmer planet will cause a higher frequency of extreme-weather events—even if they can’t scientifically prove that any one single occurrence is directly caused by climate change.
See for yourself. We've got seven of the worst extreme-weather events to hit the U.S. since 2006.
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