An explosion of deadly storms in Arizona this weekend and early Monday killed at least 100 people, injured dozens more and destroyed a highway in a catastrophic storm surge that has caused more than $1 billion in damage.
The storm surge, which was measured at nearly 14 feet (3.2 meters) in some places, was felt in Arizona, Texas, Florida and Georgia, with parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio reported as having inundated inland.
At least 100 others were killed in the Houston area and about 60 in Texas, according to the National Weather Service.
The deaths in the storm surge are among those reported in several of the most expensive natural disasters in the United States this year, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, which has cost at least $1.8 billion in insurance and property damage.
In Arizona, the storm brought the highest rainfall totals since the start of the 20th century and sent torrential rains to parts of the state and into Arizona.
A record number of deaths and damage were recorded in Arizona during the storm, with the highest number of fatalities reported in Maricopa County, where the worst-hit areas are.
At least 30 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the flood, which left parts of Maricotia and Maricos counties without power, according the National Park Service.
Rescuers and emergency personnel work to remove debris from the levee at the Maricots Ranch, near the Marikana River in Marikina, Arizona.
A record number more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed or damaged in Maricello, Ariz., as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the National Hurricane Center said Monday.
A massive mudslide, a flood, debris and power lines are seen on the shore of Lake Maricoma, on the Arizona-California border, Monday, Sept. 27, 2018.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The weather system also caused the closure of the New Mexico border crossing at Hualapai, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Tucson, which had been open since Saturday.
More than 100 homes were destroyed in the city of Hualapo, including the family home of a man killed in a hailstorm in July, according a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman.
More:In Arizona and other parts of Texas, more than 80 homes were damaged by flooding in Marics Mill, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Brownsville, Texas.
At the center of the storm was a storm surge of about 2 feet (60 centimeters) at the coast, according NWS data.
That’s enough to inundate an area roughly the size of Texas.
The damage from Harvey, which hit Texas in August, is expected to reach $1 trillion, according government figures.
The storm surge could exceed the record of $5.3 trillion set in 2017 in New York City.