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Visualizing the Rising Cost of Hurricanes

by Michael McLaughlin
Significantly more people have moved to coastal towns, resulting in more damage when hurricanes strike.

The Wall Street Journal has created several data visualizations that illustrate the rising costs of hurricanes in the United States. Maps and graphs illustrate that the populations of coastal counties have increased significantly more than those in the rest of the mainland, which means there are more homes susceptible to damage. In addition, the forward speed of hurricanes has decreased 17 percent since 1980, leading to more rainfall in certain areas and increased flooding. Prior to Hurricane Michael, the trio of hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma alone accounted for 31 percent of the damage hurricanes caused since 1980: $268 billion.

Take a look.

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