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    Billion Dollar Weather Disasters of 2011 Break Record

    By By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    December 14, 2011, 10:14:50 AM EST

    There have been 12 weather disasters in 2011 that have caused more than $1 billion in damages. This makes 2011 the record holder for the most billion dollar disasters in a year, surpassing the nine that occurred in 2008.

    It total, the weather disasters of 2011 have caused more than $52 billion in damages and killed 646 people, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The year is not yet over.

    The 12 weather events that exceed $1 billion in damages in 2011 are:

    Central/East Groundhog Day Blizzard (Jan. 29-Feb. 3). This storm killed 36 people and caused more than $2 billion in damages.

    Midwest/Southeast tornadoes (April 4-5). Nine people were killed during the tornadoes. The losses totaled more than $2 billion.

    Southeast/Midwest tornadoes (April 8-11). Losses totaled more than $2 billion.

    Midwest/Southeast tornadoes (April 14-16). These tornadoes killed 38 people. Property damages exceeds more than $2 billion.

    Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest tornadoes (April 25-28). The tornadoes killed 327 people and caused more than $9 billion in damage.

    Midwest/Southeast tornadoes (May 22-27). Property losses totaled more than $7 billion, and 177 people were killed.

    Southern Plains/ Southwest drought, heat waves, wildfires. Direct losses were more than $5 billion.

    Mississippi River flooding. The floods were responsible for at least two deaths. The losses were estimated to be $2 to 4 billion.

    Upper Midwest flooding. Losses were estimated at $2 billion. Hurricane Irene. The hurricane killed at least 45 people. Losses were estimated to be $8 billion.

    The latest two weather events were reported Wednesday by NOAA. They are:

    Texas/New Mexico/Arizona wildfire damage. Damages from the wildfires are in excess of $1 billion.

    Midwest/Southeast tornadoes and severe weather (June 18-22). These weather events recently were reported to have caused more than $1 billion in damages.

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