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Flood-prone US states have billions of dollars of property at stake in the next 15 years — here’s where it will be worst

According to a new report from the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists, chronic inundation threatens more than 100,000 of today's coastal homes, with a collective market value of about $52.4 billion. Here are the 14 states most at risk.
A woman and her 9-month-old daughter sit in wreckage from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

9 natural disasters that took the lives of hundreds of thousands

Cyclones, hurricanes, and earthquakes have been some of the world's most deadly disasters, resulting in the deaths of millions of people. These are just a few of the natural disasters that have decimated the world's population today.
A number of factors may make the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season calm compared to last year.

The remnants of Hurricane Chris are headed out to sea, and now expectations for hurricane season are changing

Early signs of activity aside, projections for the rest of the hurricane season are changing, with experts now projecting a year that's average or even below average in terms of activity, according to CSU's most recently updated forecast.

Coral reefs provide crucial protection for coastal cities — without them, flood damage could double, a new study finds

Reefs help buffer against storm surge and waves that would otherwise damage coasts. Without living coral reefs, flooding damage around the world would double, a cost increase of $4 billion annually. Flooding could quadruple if the loss of reefs is combined with sea-level rise.

The first storm of this year’s hurricane season has arrived, and it’s headed for the Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first named cyclone of the 2018 hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center. Alberto formed in the northwest Caribbean Sea and is headed for the Gulf Coast, where it's expected to bring heavy flooding rains and powerful winds.

Hurricane season officially starts today — and you’re at risk even if you live far from the shore

Hurricane season starts June 1 on the Atlantic Ocean. Regardless of how many storms we see, scientists say hurricanes are becoming more aggressive and pushing flooding and damage further inland.
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.