At first glance, one popular statistic suggests that hurricanes are causing more damage. One possible cause of this is if hurricanes are more powerful. But another factor is the value of property in the path of hurricanes.
A hurricane which affects swampland causes less expensive damage than if it instead hits houses or Disneyworld.
Census Bureau figures suggest that between new houses built and rising prices, the total value of owner-occupied housing in the United States increased about 45 percent from 1990 to 2000. The Ceres study says weather-related property losses increased about 40 percent from 1990 to 2000.