Whether it’s a girl (hello, Florence!) or boy (we’re talking to you, Michael!), each hurricane that hits a U.S. coast has the power to disrupt more than just your sunny vacation plans. Check out these telling numbers from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Nature.com, FEMA and the Commercial Business Office.
Number of $1 billion-plus weather or climate disasters that occurred between 2018 and 2021
Estimated value of damage created by tropical cyclones since 1980
Estimated annual cost to commercial businesses due to storm-related wind and flood damage1
Estimated percentage of the $9 billion in commercial hurricane costs that will be reimbursed by insurance1
% of major U.S. power outages that have been caused by hurricanes2
% of disaster humanitarian relief efforts that are estimated to be logistics-related