U.S. hurricane losses will continue to increase unless action is taken to address the growing concentration of people and properties in coastal areas. That’s the key finding of a study just published in Natural Hazards Review. It reports that while 2004 and 2005 were exceptional from the standpoint of the number of very damaging storms, there is no long-term trend of increasing damage from hurricanes in the period 1900 to 2005. Rather, societal factors such as the rising population and wealth on the nation’s coasts are a major influence in shaping trends in damage related to hurricanes. It points out that on average hurricanes in the U.S. have caused annual damage of about $10 billion for the last 106 years. The current trend of doubling losses every 10 years suggests that a storm like the 1926 Great Miami hurricane could result in perhaps $500 billion in damage as soon as the 2020s. What do you make of this prognosis? I.I.I. has additional hurricane facts & stats available online.