Re: Better visual but still missing some important data
SaneIT writes that "Strikes are nice to know but the path of the storm is just as important when it comes to FL since the peninsula is so narrow. "
I agree, but in my opinion that should be a focus of a different map, perhaps showing cumulative color-coded hurricane paths up the peninsula.
I find it interesting and informative to readily see the intensity of hurricane strikes along the Florida coast. This is where hurricanes make landfall with the greatest force, and where you might want to construct your house as a massive reinforced concrete bunker rather than, say, a mobile home.
The second map, with more useful info, is definitely my preference, but I'd suggest the use of "transparent" colors to let the city names peek through has not worked so well. I'd suggest just overlaying the city names in plain print over the colored areas. I think they'd be a lot more readable, wouldn't increase clutter, and the map would actually come out looking sharper and cleaner.