FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
Some say the news media “hype” the hurricane season forecasts each year, playing to unwarranted fears. Here’s some food for thought. Data compiled by Environmentalsciencedegrees.net show the eight costliest hurricanes since 2000. All occurred during the 2004, 2005 and 2008 storm seasons. From Jeanne ($8 billion in damage) in 2004, to Katrina ($125 billion) in 2005, they inflicted a total of $238.3 billion in damage. More than 1,800 people died in Katrina alone.
(AP PHOTO: Tampa Tribune, Hurricane Ivan, 2004)