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Because damaging winds are rarer far inland, the hurricane risk to the interior of the U.S. can be easy to overlook.

But storms can travel hundreds of miles after landfall and, on rare occasions, hurricane remnants sometimes reintensify after transitioning into extratropical cyclones or combining with pre-existing mid-latitude systems. Moreover, exposed inland properties tend to be more vulnerable compared to coastal construction.

For these reasons, a robust hurricane model needs to extend far beyond coastal counties—and even coastal states—to reflect the full spatial extent of potential losses.

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