Hurricane Risk and Sea Level Rise Webinar

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Hurricane Irma, which made U.S. landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, exposed the vulnerabilities of coastal communities and infrastructure, and raised important questions about preparedness, mitigation and growth. After a decade of “quiet” hurricane seasons, in 2016 (Matthew) and then Irma in 2017 caused significant wind and water damage.

Metropolitan Center researchers will present the findings of their annual hurricane preparedness survey, the changing insurance environment in Florida and other topics related to hurricane mitigation. Of particular focus in the discussion will be the landscape of local government planning and flood insurance, and how it affects the development, affordability and resilience of coastal areas.

Here’s how Hurricane Irma stacks up against some of the biggest hurricanes in recent decades:

Category, wind speed

Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, landed in the US as a Category 5 with 143 mph winds.

Hurricane Frances, in 2004, was a Category 2 with 105 mph winds.

Hurricane Jeanne, also in 2004, was a Category 3 with 120 mph winds.

Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, which landed three times in the United States in Categories 1, 3 and 5, had winds of 125 mph.

Hurricane Rita, also in 2005, was a Category 3 with winds of 115 mph.

Hurricane Wilma, also in 2005, was a Category 3 with winds of 125 mph.


Irma: More than 6 million

Andrew: 1 million

Frances: 2.8 million

Jeanne: 2.5 million

Katrina: 1.5 million

Rita: more than 2.5 million

Wilma: 760,000


A death count for Irma has not yet been compiled, currently 34

Hurricane Andrew: 65

Frances: 7

Jeanne: 6

Katrina: 1,833

Rita: 7

Wilma: 25


A complete damage estimate for Irma has not yet been compiled.

Andrew: $25 billion

Frances: $12 billion

Jeanne: $6.9 billion

Katrina: $108 billion

Rita: $10.5 billion

Wilma: $29 billion


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