The worst U.S. losses are in an area that starts midway through North Dakota and then follows the Great Plains into Texas, according to FM Global, a Rhode Island-based industrial insurer. (Credit: Shutterstock) The worst U.S. losses are in an area that starts midway through North Dakota and then follows the Great Plains into Texas, according to FM Global, a Rhode Island-based industrial insurer. (Credit: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — In 2008, the year the stock market crashed and Barack Obama won the presidency, the U.S. was hit with a weather phenomenon little noted by anyone beyond the insurance industry.

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