Hurricane Irene Will Make 2011 a Record Disaster Year

Wind and water whip across the beach as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Hurricane Irene is very likely to be the 10th billion-dollar disaster of 2011, breaking 2008’s record for number of billion-dollar disasters a year, according to preliminary estimates.
Between the summer floods, tornados, blizzards and drought, 2011 had already racked up nine natural disasters that cost at least $1 billion each, tying 2008’s record. If damage estimates hold, Irene would make 2011 a record-breaker.



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