Thunderstorms, Flooding and Wildfires Caused Worldwide Havoc in June

A high res photo of a forest fire in progressAmong the worst of June’s damaging severe weather: fast-moving thunderstorms in the Midwestern U.S., damaging homes and businesses with wind and hail, leading to losses of at least $3 billion USD.

June’s Catastrophe Recap details several outbreaks of severe weather worldwide. In the U.S., the most significant damage came from a series of fast-moving thunderstorms that hit Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where wind and hail came down on homes, businesses and vehicles.

In southern China, severe flooding killed at least 31 people and damaged 130,000 homes, due to torrential downpours from the annual Mei-yu rains. At an expected $2.4 billion, this is the costliest individual natural catastrophe in June. Along with torrential monsoon floods and landslides in Bangladesh and northeast India and other events, the combined death toll from flooding in Asia was at least 312.

Elsewhere, Portugal saw one of the deadliest wildfires in its history, as extreme heat and dry thunderstorms combined, killing 64 and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.

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