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Southern Exposure: The History of Hurricane Landfalls

I chose data set 4, so that I could visually show the states most impacted by hurricanes. A choropleth map seemed most appropriate method for that. 

I also have some secondary data mostly focusing on the southern states, but also other data based on the intensity of hurricanes. Though, I am thinking, that I should keep it to the southern states only, to keep the narrative clean. 

Here is where I am with just the choropleth information:

I don't have color, because when I sketch I try to do it without, until I have the idea fleshed out enough. 

Type treatment is just sketch form. When fleshed out, I was thinking something similar to the southern comfort label I used as the project cover. 

I want to use the space above the key for the additional data. Once I add color, I don't think the blank states will stick out, but I will be mindful of that. 

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This is the first draft of my choropleth infographic:

I am on the fence about what other information to add to this and could use some help with what information and where to put it. The extra data I have is below and the areas I am looking at putting it is by the states themself (if applicable), or in the blank area left by the unaffected states. 

Extra data:
- Mississippi gets hit, on average (2.32), by the hardest hurricanes. 
- Florida has been hit with 2 Category 5 hurricanes: 1935 by "Labor Day" and 1992 by "Andrew".
- Only other Category 5 was Camille, in 1969, hitting Louisiana and Mississippi. 
- 2.40 = Average # of hurricanes that make landfall per year 
- 15 = Years with 4 or more hurricanes that make landfall 
- 3 = Consecutive years without a hurricane
- 1886 = The year with the most hurricane landfalls (7)

Thank you for any feedback you give, in advance. Any help is much appreciated. 

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This is the final version of my choropleth infographic:

I decided to keep the second set of data on the same subject of the Southern states, so that it stayed within the storyline of the rest of the piece.

I did trim down copy to fit and as concise as possible, but I am not used to not having an editor around to check me. So if you see something, say something. Thanks!

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