NOAA Scientists Find Increased Hurricane Losses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) -- A team of scientists from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration found the economic damages from hurricanes have increased in the U.S. due to more people, infrastructure and wealth on the coastlines.

Researchers found that economic damages has been doubling every 10 to 15 years.

"We found that although some decades were quieter and less damaging in the U.S. and others had more land-falling hurricanes and more damage, the economic costs of land-falling hurricanes have steadily increased over time," said Chris Landsea of NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami. "There is nothing in the U.S. hurricane damage record that indicates global warming has caused a significant increase in destruction along our coasts."

Researchers say if more people continue to move to the hurricane-prone coastline, future economic hurricane losses may be far greater than previously thought.