As a Lauderdale Native since 1991, I've lived through many hurricanes. From my lived experience, storms are becoming more powerful with increased infrastructure damage.
I remember Hurricane Wilma Category 3 hurricane on October 24th, 2005
- High winds left approximately 3,241,000 customers of Florida Power & Light without electricity, including roughly 98% of urban southeast Florida
- Agriculture sustained $1.3 billion or more in damage
- Large trees and power lines down virtually everywhere
- Structural damage was heaviest in Broward and Palm Beach counties where roof damage and downed or split power poles were noted in some areas
- High-rise buildings suffered considerable damage, mainly in the form of broken windows in southeast metro areas and Naples
- Closed Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county school systems together serve more than 800,000 students, most of whom were expected to go back to class this week