Coastal Counties Hurricane distribution
The following graphs were created by the NOAA Coastal Services branch through use of National Hurricane Center best storms tracks of historical hurricanes. The graphs display the hurricanes that have affected each particular coastal county as well as the amount of population at a given time. Graphs have been developed to show population change by decade for the period 1900-2000 (if available) versus hurricane strikes (1900-2002) for coastal counties from Texas to Maine.
“Knowing how many people live, work, and vacation in your coastal community is imperative for planning and conducting emergency response and recovery activities. As populations increase in hazard-prone areas, the protection of people, property, and natural resources becomes more complex. Viewing population and storm data together will help minimize uncertainties and empower communities to become better prepared to deal with meteorological hazards. “ (Jarrell, 1992)