These billion-dollar natural disasters set a US record in 2017

FILE-- An aerial view of a handful of homes that escaped destruction by wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 11, 2017. Extreme weather events caused a total of $306 billion in damage in the United States last year, making 2017 the most expensive year on record for natural disasters in the country, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Jan. 8, 2018.