According to Impact Forecasting, a multi-day outbreak of severe weather and flash flooding in the U.S. will be the first billion-dollar economic loss of the year due to heavy thunderstorms, while damage tornadoes, hail (particularly hailstones the size of golf balls in the Denton, TX metro area), and damaging winds resulted in losses of $950 million!
In China, four separate stretches of severe thunderstorms resulted in nine deaths and damage to more than 40,000 homes and thousands of hectares in crops, at an estimated cost of $1 billion USD.
A powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile, causing damage and spawning a small tsunami. Seven people were killed and 13,000 homes damaged as a result. (For more on how the area responded, look for our article in the upcoming issue of THRIVE!)
To see all the areas impacted in April , read the complete Recap here