Hurricane Season: Seven Days and Counting

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It's seven days and counting until Opening Day of hurricane season and in advance of it, the Census Bureau released some newly tabulated population figures today for the coastal regions between North Carolina and Texas, where the threat is the highest.

  • Square mileage of danger zone: 180,155
  • 1950 Population: 10.2 million
  • 2006 Population: 34.9 million (244% increase)
  • State with largest increase: Florida, almost 15 million more people
  • Plus: the latest in the glacial pace of reconstruction in hurricane-torn New Orleans.