At the American Meteorological Society's annual meeting this week, the NOAA's Aviation Weather Center announced that, from 2000 to 2008, hurricane damage cost the United States an estimated $131 billion. To put that in perspective, a recent study by Congress suggested that domestic air traffic delays in 2007 alone cost the United States as much as $41 billion. Most analysts believe that Congress's number is an overestimate, and that the actual suck on the American economy is much lower. Still, you'd have to chop an awful lot off of $41 billion to make up the difference.
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[Of course, air traffic delays do not normally involve death.]