Where do hurricanes strike more frequently in this country, the Gulf Coast or the Atlantic Coast?
— Jack Collins
The archives of the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center indicate that, since 1900, the number of hurricanes making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States is almost identical to the number striking the Atlantic Coast. The exact numbers vary slightly, depending upon the data sets used (only landfalling hurricanes, or landfalling hurricanes plus near misses, or hurricanes plus damaging tropical storms just below hurricane intensity). We used everything. Of the 279 occurrences since 1900, 141 struck the U.S. Gulf Coast and 138 hit the Atlantic Coast. Florida bore the brunt of the activity, with 47 strikes on its Gulf Coast and 41 on the Atlantic side.Copyright © 2015, CT Now