The total damage from the hurricane “Harvey” and “Irma” could cost the US economy $ 290 billion or 1.5 percent of GDP. This TV channel ABC said the President of the weather company AccuWeather’s Joel Myers.
According to him, the damage from “Harvey” and “Irma” will be a record. “The damage from hurricane “Irma” will be about $ 100 billion, this is equivalent to half a percentage point of GDP. “Harvey” was a natural disaster that caused the greatest damage to our country in its history — about 190 billion dollars, equivalent to one percentage point of GDP,” he said.
Myers noted that the calculation takes into account irregularities in the operation of enterprises, growing unemployment, loss of crops, destruction of private property and the rise in gasoline prices.
By far the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history was considered the hurricane Katrina that struck the country in August 2005. Then killed almost two thousand people, the disaster has cost the American Treasury in a record amount of 108 billion dollars.