With freezing blizzards, wildfires and devastating floods, America has suffered enough weather related disaster so far this year to last a lifetime. But in its first storm forecast this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an 'above normal' season with six to 10 hurricanes expected - of which around half could become major. Tornadoes, blizzards, floods, wildfires and storms have inflicted record costs because of their severity and their location - hitting populous areas such as Memphis, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Rising water has already caused millions of dollars worth of damage, inundating 3million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. And waters are continuing to rise in Louisiana after water was released on to flood plains to spare large cities including New Orleans, one of the world's busiest ports.