The repercussions of hurricanes are vast, including increased rates of homelessness
, personal injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities. Even more, hurricanes pose a significant financial burden to the places upon which they land. According to the Office for Coastal Management
, hurricanes caused over $1.1 trillion in damage between 1980 and 2021. The Southern United States frequently bears the economic burden
of these weather disasters, with hurricanes Katrina and Harvey among the top two costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States and both centered in this region. Below are examples of how these hurricanes resulted in immediate social and economic consequences for the people and economies of the region.