Over 340,000 homes in the region have a risk for a hurricane storm surge.

The Herald-Tribune reports the potential rebuilding cost would exceed $65 billion.

An annual study from CoreLogic ranks the Sarasota-Bradenton area eighth among major American metro areas for storm surge risk.

Florida remains the state with the most homes at risk of a storm surge and with the highest reconstruction cost in the country.

Over 250,000 homes in Sarasota and Manatee counties have a risk of storm surge. The estimated reconstruction value exceeds $47 billion.

Charlotte County has 93,000 such homes, and their estimade rebuilding cost trumps $18 billion.