Hurricanes

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Publication Year: 

2009

Abstract: 

The impact of hurricanes in the United States is an average of 20 deaths and $5.1 billion per year (excluding the 2005 season). On average, ten tropical storms form during the Atlantic hurricane season, with 6 becoming hurricanes and 2-3 becoming major hurricanes. However, tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic is cyclical, with a time period of multiple decades. Since the mid-1990s, activity increased sharply and this period of heightened activity could last until the 2020s or longer.

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  • Fact Sheet

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  • critical issues, database publication, weather hazards, hazards, united states