NOAA: Harvey Second-Costliest After Katrina
The National Hurricane Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Hurricane Harvey likely caused $125 billion in damages, making it the second-costliest tropical cyclone in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina. NOAA said more than 300,000 structures and as many as 500,000 cars were flooded after Harvey stalled over the Houston region.
The Category 4 storm impacted “some of the most densely populated areas of the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said NOAA, adding that just over 60 inches of rainfall was reported from Harvey near Nederland and Groves, Texas, which likely was the largest area of excessive tropical rainfall in U.S. history. Furthermore, NOAA noted “extreme” wind damage near landfall on the Gulf Coast, with about 15,000 homes destroyed and another 25,000 damaged.
Harvey was the first of three Category 4 hurricanes to make landfall in the United States last year. It was followed by Hurricane Irma, which landed in Florida, then Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.