Biggest U.S. disasters of 2012 (With Photos)

Biggest U.S. disasters of 2012 (With Photos)

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    * Flood losses are expected to total approximately $10 billion in 2012, which would result in the third consecutive year of increasing flood damage in the U.S. * Prior to Hurricane Sandy, flood events in 2012 were relatively insignificant, with most of them occurring below the 100 year flood levels. * Earlier in the year, Tropical Storm Debby and Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rainfall and flooding to southern portions of the United States and even in the midwest.

    (MGN Online)

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January 3, 2013 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM CDT

2012 was the year for many strong natural disasters, causing billions of dollars in property damage.

CoreLogic, provider of information, analytics and business services, released a report Thursday, highlighting the biggest disasters of the year.

"Hurricane Sandy was, without a doubt, the single most destructive natural hazard event of 2012, due to the combination of environmental elements,'" said Dr. Thomas Jeffery, senior hazard scientist for CoreLogic. "The unusually broad span of the storm's reach, its intersecting path with a nor'easter and its landfall at high tide led to disastrous levels of storm surge...that could total as high as $50 billion."

Click through the photo gallery for a breakdown of the report's findings.

For a copy of the 2012 CoreLogic Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis, which includes maps, charts and images, visit http://www.corelogic.com/downloadable-docs/corelogic-2012-natural-hazard-risk-summary-and-analysis.pdf.