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Superstorm Sandy, Drought Among Eleven Billion-Dollar Disasters

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WMDT 47 NEWS - From Superstorm Sandy to the year-long drought, the entire country went through another expensive year of weather-related disasters.

A total of $110 billion was spent on last year's disasters, with eleven disasters hitting the billion-dollar mark, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. It's the second costliest year since 1980, when billion-dollar disasters were first recorded. The 2012 total damages rank only behind 2005 at $160 billion in damages, which NOAA says is due in part to four devastating land-falling hurricanes.

The two most expensive damages, Hurricane Sandy at $65 billion and the drought at $30 billion.
   

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