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Winds & Rain, Flood, Weather Explanations, Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Hurricane damage, Daily weather diary, June Weather Events
Asset ID: 5659
|Title: Weather Diary 20 June 1972|
Concept: Hurricane Flooding.
Detail: Hurricane Agnes, a relatively minor hurricane, strikes
the Gulf Coast of the United States and continues inland. This usually
means the death of a tropical storm as it moves too far from its source
of heat and moisture - the oceans. But overland, Agnes turned deadly,
unleashing floods upon the Appalachians, and particularly Virginia.
Scores of people drowned and property damage reached $1.4 billion, one or
the greatest National Disasters in U.S. history in terms of dollar loss up to that time.
As evidence of inflation and growing wealth exposure, Hurricane Irene along the US east coast in 2009 caused over $12 billion, mostly in flood losses.