May 31, 2017
With the 2017 Hurricane season officially starting on June 1, preparation is key to protecting communities. Hurricanes can cause severe property damage and personal injury due to the combined threats of flooding, high winds, and power outages. Oftentimes, the enormous damage done by hurricanes is caused by a lack of preparedness.
In the US, these communities were the most greatly affected by severe tropical weather:
Hurricane Andrew, hitting the shores of Florida and Louisiana in August of 1992, cost over $45 billion in damages. While previously being reported as a category 4, later analysis determined winds reaching 165 miles per hour and the hurricane is now considered a category 5. Hurricane Andrew was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida in 30 years.
While only reaching a category 2 ranking, Hurricane Ike managed to cost over $27 billion in damages and left over . Gaining strength after moving into the southern Gulf of Mexico, Texas especially suffered a great deal of flooding, power outages, and coastal devastation.
Hurricane Wilma mostly affected the Florida Peninsula over a 4 1/2 hour time span. Even though the storm passed over quickly, the damages cost around $20 billion. Six million people lost electricity. Agricultural and urban infrastructure was damaged from the high winds and flooding.