It is said that the ancient Mayans believed the earth was “thought into existence” by a supreme god named Huracan. Nicknamed `Heart of the Sky,’ he first created a world enveloped in oceans and then blew great winds across those waters to expose the land.
Today his namesake hurricanes, or typhoons, are tropical cyclones that the National Hurricane Center defines as reaching a “maximum sustained surface wind of 74 mph or more.”
Huracan’s winds blow hardest from June to November, Hurricane Season along the Atlantic, and have been responsible for some of history’s costliest natural disasters: Katrina in 2005 with over $105 billion in damage; Andrew in 1992 at more than $45 billion; and Ike, in 2008, $27 billion.
While work continues to improve the science of predicting the path and strength of hurricanes, what scientists are doing with data on past hurricanes has proven invaluable.
A new RealtyTrac report identifies the U.S counties with the highest occurrence of hurricanes. Based on annual averages gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2001 to 2013. A hurricane risk score was determined based on a scale of 0 to 456,668.5. Anything over 150,000 was considered very high risk, with scores between 100,000-150,000 being high risk, 10,000-100,000 medium risk, 100-10,000 low risk, and below 100 very low risk.
The 15 most hurricane-prone counties, all scoring with very high risk, are listed here. For the complete report, or answers to any questions on this or our many other datasets, please contact our PR Department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Rank||County Name||State||Population||Hurricane Risk Scale|
|2||New Hanover||North Carolina||203,276||429,288|
|11||Virginia Beach City||Virginia||439,528||386,115|
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