While major national newspapers covered the daily effects of the back-to-back North American hurricanes this summer, FiveThirtyEight tried to step back and contextualize the storms. Using data that was available to the public, our reporting showed how a small news organization can still serve its readers during a national tragedy with up-to-date visualizations and analysis. We covered topics tied to the beginning, middle and end of the storms, including maps of which vulnerable populations were in the storm’s path as well as accountings of the rainfall, wind speed and economic impact of the storms.
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Sources included: American Community Survey, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Health, National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey and Unisys.