"Population graphs for the period 1900-1980 have been prepared for coastal counties from Texas to Maine which could be affected significantly by hurricane winds and/or tides. The Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale (range 1-5) has been used to develop a hurricane climatology for each county for the period 1900-1982. The combined statistics graphically illustrate that nearly 80 percent of all Atlantic and Gulf coastal residents of the United States have never experienced the effects of a direct hit by a major hurricane."
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Technical Memorandum NWS NHC 24
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