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New report ranks Ian as third-costliest hurricane on record

Flooding after Hurricane Ian in the Spring Oaks neighborhood in Altamonte Springs. (photo: Amy Green/WMFE)
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Flooding after Hurricane Ian in the Spring Oaks neighborhood in Altamonte Springs.

A new report from NOAA ranks Hurricane Ian as the third most-costly U.S. hurricane on record.

The report examines billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S. in 2022.

Hurricane Ian was the most costly disaster of the year, causing nearly $113 billion dollars in damage and 152 deaths.

Only hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Harvey in 2017 were more costly.

Hurricane Ian’s high winds and storm surge destroyed coastal communities in southwest Florida, before its pounding rains left widespread flooding across the state’s interior.

The report also says category four or five hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. in five of the last six years -- the highest frequency of the most devastating hurricanes on record.

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications. She began her career at The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. Amy grew up in Florida and lives in Orlando with her 7-year-old daughter.
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