On September 13, 2007 Humberto hit Texas with winds reaching 90 mph. Damage was light, only reaching $50 million. But Humberto brought significant rainfall, 14 inches, causing widespread flooding and damaging homes and roads. The storm killed one person.
Dolly was the second hurricane to form in the 2008 season. It made landfall as a Category 1 storm in Texas on July 23 with 85 mph winds. Some 125,000 residents lost power to their homes while the storm dropped 16 inches of rain. There were no hurricane-related deaths in Texas, but the storm did cause damages in the neighborhood of $1 billion.
The third hurricane of 2008 was Gustav. The largest evacuation in U.S. history, affecting 3 million people, happened in response to Gustav. On September 1 the Category 1 storm hit Louisiana, causing 4.3 billion in damages. A total 153 people lost their lives.
It was a strong Category 2 storm when Ike made landfall near Galveston, Texas on September 13, 2008. Ike was large, and as a result, it became the second-costliest hurricane ever in the United States at $29.6 billion. In the U.S., 123 people were killed, and 23 are still missing. The effects of Ike were intense, and felt across eleven states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. High winds with hurricane-like gusts were experienced across the Midwest, bringing one of the largest power outages ever caused by a natural disaster.
Snow Storm of December 2008
In late December 2008 a series of snowstorms occurred across the U.S. and Canada bringing record-level snowfall, and resulting in the biggest snowstorm since 1968. Snow accumulated from Seattle to Maine, closing down cities and causing power outages. In the Central Atlantic States, as much as two feet of snow fell.
January 2009 Central Plains and Midwest Ice Storm
This ice storm occurred across seven states (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky) and resulted in two million people losing power. In Western Kentucky, 100,000 went without power for over a week. This storm killed 65 people, with most deaths being blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning. Damages accumulated to $125 million.
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred with its epicenter in the island nation of Haiti. An estimated 3 million people were affected, and some 316,000 people lost their lives. The Haiti quake was the third deadliest ever.
April 2011 Tornado Outbreak Sequence
For four days in 2011, the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history occurred. From April 25 to 28, a total of 336 tornadoes were reported in the South, Midwest and Northeast sections of the U.S. The storms left catastrophic destruction, especially in the South. April 27 was one of the most prolific and destructive tornado days in history. The outbreak killed 346 people and caused damages in excess of $10 billion.
Irene was the ninth named storm of the 2011 season, but the first to become a hurricane. It made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 3 on August 27, and moved northeast up the east coast. The storm briefly moved back over the Atlantic, and mad a second landfall over New Jersey, making the storm the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 1903. Considerable damage occurred in upstate New York and Vermont. Those states experienced the worst flooding there in centuries.