2016 in review: Severe weather across the United States

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From hurricanes to fires and floods, 2016 brought another year of devastating weather. Take a look back at this year's biggest severe weather events. (KTRK)

From hurricanes to fires and floods, 2016 brought another year of devastating weather. Take a look back at this year's biggest severe weather events.

Louisiana flooding

In August, catastrophic flooding ravaged the state of Louisiana. Days of persistent, heavy rains caused rivers to overflow their banks. More than 60,000 homes were damaged, and at least 13 people were killed.

According to the Red Cross, the Louisiana flooding is the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy.

Texas flooding
Deadly flooding swept across the Lone Star state for the second year in a row.

PHOTOS: Flooding across southeastern Texas


At least 8 people were killed as 240 billion gallons of water fell across the Houston area on Tax Day, causing flooding throughout the region.

VIDEO: Neighbors helping neighbors during Tax Day floods


Later in the year, nine soldiers were killed in June when their Army truck overturned in floodwaters.


"We've lost, in this incident, nine of our great soldiers," Army Major General John Uberti said of the tragedy.

Flooding, hurricanes hit North Carolina
Residents in North Carolina took a one-two punch from Mother Nature in 2016.

First, in September, between 15 and 20 inches fell across the state, causing rivers to rise.

Then, Hurricane Matthew hit in October.



"This has the potential for North Carolina to see the worst flooding since Hurricane Floyd in 1999," Gov. Pat McCrory said at the time.

Unlike Floyd, however, Matthew did not make landfall in North Carolina, but its heavy rains lashed the state, pushing already swollen rivers over their banks.

Hurricanes pummel Florida
The Sunshine State bore the brunt of Matthew. While the center of the storm stayed offshore, its howling winds and dangerous storm surge battered homes and businesses along the beach.

PHOTOS: Hurricane Matthew strikes


Matthew wasn't, however, the first storm to threaten Florida. Hurricane Hermine roared ashore in September, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall there since Wilma in 2005.

PHOTOS: Hurricane Hermine hits Florida
Tennessee wildfires
Vicious winds helped fuel two ranging arson fires near Gatlinburg. The Chimney Tops and Cobbly Nom fires charred more than 17,000 acres and destroyed nearly 2,500 buildings. At least 14 people were killed.

Two juveniles are now charged with aggravated arson in relation to the fires.

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