Dec 12, 2017

From floods to fires, U.S. weather went to extremes in 2017

Houston, TX
USA
by
Doyle Rice
,
USA TODAY
A person walks through a flooded street with a dog after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
A person walks through a flooded street with a dog after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images

From record flooding to disastrous wildfires, 2017 will go down as one of the USA's most catastrophic years ever seen for extreme, violent weather that disrupted the lives of millions of Americans.

It was the nation's costliest year for hurricanes, thanks to monsters like Harvey, Irma and Maria that devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico among other locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Ferocious wildfires later in the year also scarred California from the Napa Valley to San Diego.

And earlier in the year, severe storms and tornadoes brought death and destruction to portions of the South. 

This photo gallery captures the fury and terror of a year that won't soon be forgotten.