2011 disasters far outpace the U.S. norm, experts say

09/6/2011 | Guardian (London), The

The number of weather-related catastrophes has been triple the normal amount for the mainland U.S. states this year, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cited 10 major catastrophes that hit various parts of the country and caused more than $35 billion in property losses. "The increasing impacts of natural disasters, as seen this year, are a stark reminder of the lives and livelihoods at risk. Severe weather represents a very real threat to public safety," said Jack Hayes, director of the National Weather Service.

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