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Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017.

The US spent more money on weather disasters in 2017 than any year on record — here’s the final total

The US spent a total of $306 billion on natural disasters in 2017 — far more than ever before.
Boats all over the Florida Keys are still washing up after Hurricane Irma.

Piles of garbage and debris still litter Florida’s streets months after Hurricane Irma — and recovery is still far away

A return to any sort of "normal" for many people is still years away — and most places hit by the storms will never be the same.

The top 10 trending news stories of 2017, according to Google

Google released its top trending searches of the year — here are the top 10 news stories.

The ‘extremely active’ 2017 hurricane season is finally over — here are the insane records it set

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was a top-10 hurricane season by most metrics. It set a few all-time records as well.
Area residents use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on Interstate highway 45 which is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.

Houston is tackling the threat of destructive hurricanes and flooding — even though Trump ignores it

After a record number of storms hit cities this year, Houston is building a huge flood mitigation system — despite Washington's denial of climate change.

A stunning NASA visualization shows a timelapse of this year’s ‘extremely active’ hurricane season

A stunning new visualization made by NASA Goddard shows how smoke, sea salt, and dust moved through the atmosphere during the 2017 hurricane season.
A rendering of the "livable yacht" concept by by ARKUP and Koen Olthuis.

These $2 million floating homes are designed to withstand Category 4 hurricanes

These floating homes, designed by the water architect Koen Olthuis to withstand hurricanes, are likely to hit the market next summer.
A rendering of the proposed Rockaway Community Park in Rockaway, Queens, New York.

New York City is spending $145 million to battle storms on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

New York City will use $120 million in FEMA funds, and an additional $25 million from the city for seven flood resilience projects in Rockaway, Queens.

4 out of 5 Puerto Ricans are still without power — but darkness is far from the island’s biggest problem

Puerto Rico is struggling to keep its vulnerable populations alive as hospitals deal with the lack of power and supplies of medications run low.

This map shows how badly Hurricane Ophelia could hit Britain on Monday

The Met Office has issued a warning of "a spell of very windy weather" on Monday and Tuesday, with potential power cuts and damage to buildings.