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.
Visualizing the Rising Cost of Hurricanes
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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