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Natural disasters cost a record-shattering $306 billion in 2017

Burned properties in Santa Rosa, California
A neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California that's been leveled by wildfires. Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images

The string of devastating hurricanes and wildfires across the United States in 2017 cost the country $306 billion in damages, a record-breaking number, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports.

Key stat: In 2017, there were 16 separate disaster events that topped $1 billion in damages. And these 16 events — which included storms, wildfires, droughts and freezes — killed 362 people.