Majority of Americans Hit by Weather Disasters

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Nearly four out of five Americans (some 243 million people) have lived in a county hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2007, according to a report released this week by the Environment America Research and Policy Center.The report is based on FEMA disaster declaration data, and the types of weather events include: drought, tropical cyclones, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and snow and ice storms.Highlights of the study, as reported in this Climate Progress piece, include:

*Every U.S. state besides South Carolina has experienced a weather-related disaster since 2007, and in 18 states and the District of Columbia, weather-related disasters have affected every county.*More than 19 million Americans live in counties that have averaged one or more weather disaster per year since 2007.*In 2012 alone, there were at least 11 disasters that caused more than $1 billion in damage, including Hurricane Sandy, which, with a price tag as high as $70 billion, was the costliest weather-related disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina.

*Eight U.S. counties in South Dakota, Oklahoma and Nebraska have been hit by ten or more weather disasters since the beginning of 2007.

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