The Stunning Toll of a Terrible U.S. Hurricane Stretch Over the Past 5 Years

Enormous sandstorm sweeps across Inner Mongolia

Images show a massive sandstorm covering and sweeping through many areas of Alxa Right Banner, in China’s northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday afternoon.

It was the worst sandstorm in a decade to hit the capital, which has pinned hopes of rebuilding a natural barrier to such phenomena on intensive tree replanting in stripped forest areas, also known as the “green great wall“.

A towering wall of sand rushed over factories and apartment blocks in northwestern China’s Gansu province as seasonal sandstorms barrelled across the country, causing air pollution and traffic accidents. Aerial images as it struck showed an apocalyptic scene as a billowing cloud of yellow dust smothered Gansu’s Linze county on Sunday.

State media CCTV reported multiple car accidents in the province caused by low visibility, while meteorologists have warned people to stay indoors and keep windows shut with more storms expected across northern China on Tuesday. China suffers from enormous dust storms each spring that lift sand from the Gobi desert and dump it onto cities as far away as Shandong on the eastern coast.

A sandstorm that pushed air pollution levels off the charts hit Beijing in March, turning the sky a dark yellow and forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights…

The Stunning Toll of a Terrible U.S. Hurricane Stretch Over the Past 5 Years

The last five Atlantic hurricane seasons have claimed more than 3,000 lives and inflicted the costliest five-year stretch for tropical cyclones on record in the United States.

Beginning with Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and ending with Tropical Storm Eta in 2020, a siege of 15 destructive storms over five hurricane seasons caused $1 billion or more in damage, according to statistics compiled by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

NOAA’s database lists 52 tropical storms and hurricanes that have caused damage of at least $1 billion in the U.S. since 1980.

The total price tag from those 15 storms was estimated at $393.7 billion, largely due to the seven storms shown below that caused $10 billion or more in damage…

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