As infamous storms like Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey have shown, tropical storms leave nothing but catastrophic destruction in its wake. And the damage from raging hurricane floods will persistently get worse if sea levels continue to rise at an accelerating rate due to global warming, according to an analysis conducted by Climate Central. In fact, global warming will more than double the odds of “century” or worse floods occurring by 2030 in the United States.
Since coastal states in the south are extremely susceptible to getting hit hard by hurricanes, it’s no surprise that Miami, Florida tops the list as the most vulnerable city at risk of being hit by a hurricane, according to data from the NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division.
“Miami has a large population density, and as a result, the effects of a major hurricane would be catastrophic to the city,” AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel told accuweather.com. “Miami is probably the largest city on this list to see a Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the future.” Here’s your guide to the meaning behind all those different hurricane categories.
Hurricane data from the past 126 years shows that a hurricane will pass within 50 miles of Miami every six to eight years. Researchers estimate that Miami has a 16 percent chance of experiencing the impacts of a hurricane in any given year. Make sure you know the 11 things you need to do now to prep your home for hurricane season.
“These numbers are not based upon property damage but instead focus on the chances that a hurricane will strike a region based upon factors such as geography and location,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski told accuweather.com.
Plus, Miami has the perfect conditions for a hurricane to wreak havoc: it sits at a maximum of 42 feet above sea level and holds a large population density within 20 miles of its coastline. A 2018 storm surge report from CoreLogic, a provider of consumer, financial, and property data, reveals that more than 788,000 homes in Miami are at risk of a storm surge (rising sea levels from atmospheric pressure changes and wind associated with a storm), which would cost nearly $156 billion in repairs. New York City came in as a close second with more than 726,000 homes at risk of a storm surge with a whopping reconstruction value of $277 billion!