Infographic: The High Cost of Hurricanes

Thomas Schueneman

The Cost of Hurricanes

The past ten years has seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing more than $300 billion of damage and displacing, over 2000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the eastern seaboard and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes. According to, cities such as Mobile, Charleston, Houston, Key West and Providence are "overdue" for a devastating storm. Building resilience into our communities becomes more vital in the face of increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather patters.

This infographic from the UNC School of Government’s Online Master of Public Administration Program spells out in numbers the high cost of hurricanes.

The high cost of hurricanes infographic


Climate & Earth Sciences