Thar She Blows! (Or Not).
It is hurricane season again along the Atlantic and Gulf coast regions. Will America get hit with a big hurricane this year? Let’s hope not.
The problem is, we’re overdue for a big one.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, it’s been 12 years since the United States was struck by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher).
The last one was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 over Southwest Florida.
There were seven hurricanes during the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. During the 2016 season, eight named storms did not strengthen into hurricanes.
Millions of Americans Are at Risk
More and more of us live near the coasts. As of 2017, there are 185 coastline counties along the Atlantic (129 counties) and Gulf of Mexico (56 counties) most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.
A full 59.6 million live in these counties, which stretch from Maine to Texas.
In 2006, the population of these counties was 54.5 million. That is an increase of about 5.1 million, or 9.4 percent, in the ten years from 2006 to 2016.
This will only make the next “big one” to reach land all the more destructive.
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