Hurricanes by the Numbers (Atlantic hurricane statistics)

Millions live in the paths of the biggest storms

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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The North Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30.

5

The number of types of weather-related events - hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, flood outlook areas, disaster declaration areas and winter storms - that the Census Bureau's OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool tracks. OnTheMap for Emergency Management provides reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events.

8

The number of years since the U.S. was struck by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). The last one was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 over Southwest Florida.

In the Hurricane's Path

2

The number of hurricanes during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Humberto and Hurricane Ingrid were both Category 1 hurricanes but did not reach the United States.

185

The number of coastline counties along the Atlantic (129 counties) and Gulf of Mexico (56 counties) most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.
Source: Census Bureau Emergency Preparedness

58 million

Population as of July 1, 2013, of coastline counties stretching from Maine to Texas.

591,821

Collective land area in square miles of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. The states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

83 million

Population as of July 1, 2013, of coastal states stretching from North Carolina to Texas -- the areas most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. An estimated 26.3 percent of the nation's population live in these states.

1.8 million

The number of business establishments in 2011 in the coastal states (including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas). There were 27,932,189 paid workers in these establishments.

10 Years Ago

9

The number of hurricanes during the 2004 hurricane season. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne were some of the notable storms during that year.

73.3 million

Population in 2004 of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Approximately 13 percent of the nation's population lived in these areas at that time.

13%

Percentage growth of the population of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas between 2004 and 2013.

Category 4

Hurricane Charley hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane in 2004. Charley was the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

162,449

Population of Charlotte County, Fla., in 2012. The county had catastrophic wind damage from Hurricane Charley in 2004.

71,811

The number of occupied housing units in Charlotte County, Fla.

$131,900

Median home value of owner-occupied units in Charlotte County, Fla.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey Estimates

22.6 minutes

Mean commuting time to work for residents in Charlotte County, Fla.

12.6%

The percent of people who live below poverty level in Charlotte County, Fla.

History of Hurricane Naming Conventions

Arthur

The name of the first Atlantic storm of 2014. Hurricane names rotate in a six-year cycle with the 2014 list being a repeat of the 2008 names, with the exception of Gustav, Ike and Paloma, which were retired. They were replaced with Gonzalo, Isaias and Paulette.

77

The number of hurricane names officially retired by the World Meteorological Organization. Although hurricane names are recycled every six years, for reasons of sensitivity, hurricanes that were so deadly and costly that re-use of the name would be considered inappropriate are retired.

1950

The year the Weather Bureau officially began naming hurricanes.

2005

In one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, 28 named storms formed, forcing use of the alternate Greek alphabet scheme for the first time. When the National Hurricane Center's list of 21 approved names runs out for the year, hurricanes are named after Greek letters. Of the 28 named storms in 2005, 15 were hurricanes in which seven were major (Category 3 or higher). Four hurricanes reached Category 5 status (Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma).



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