Hurricane Harvey had a catastrophic effect on Houston and its surrounds, displacing approximately 1 million people and causing an estimated $75 billion in damage. Rainfall reached 50 inches in some areas, and the storm unloaded 27 trillion gallons of water onto Houston and southeast Texas.
Between Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank, the month of December 2015 was Britain’s wettest in history. Additional records for peak river flow and heaviest single-day rainfall were also endured. The resultant flooding caused damages of an estimated £5 billion and subjected the weary residents of Northern England to dozens of flood warnings and road closures.
When a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on 24th August 2016, it forced thousands of Italians into homelessness and precipitated 45,000 aftershocks and four more devastating quakes. Italy’s losses in the six months following were estimated at €23 billion, with direct damages estimating €4.5 billion.