The last time that the hurricane destroyed Miami was in 1926, and killed almost 400 people. Making one of the most dangerous hurricanes on the world, and the 10 on the United States record books. Yet that storm ravaged a sleepy, relatively small resort town of just 100,000. Miami counted 6 million residents last year and by this day the number is unknown because of the storm. Even as Harvey lingers in the Gulf Coast, dumping rain on an already deluged region, the Atlantic hurricane season continues, and threatens to bring more nasty storms in short order. Irma hurricane was 3,000 miles southeast of Miami Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to be officially a hurricane later this week.
At the moment it’s impossible to reliably predict where Irma might hit, what strength it would have when it hits, and witch cities it will hit. The prospect of another hurricane striking so quickly on the heels of Harvey is daunting. That would especially be true if it urned northward and struck south Florida.
The mother of All Disasters
For years, disasters planners have wondered where a major hurricane would strike next. There are plenty of cities that are supposed to be in danger for the hurricanes that are coming. The bad thing about the hurricanes is that we don’t know where or when they will hit.
There are plenty of cities that would fare poorly for a hurricane, but even New Orleans – where the loss of life was appalling, the number is very big, this is the biggest hurricane that hit the city since 1900, and is even a relatively small city. The worst will be a full-forced hurricane hitting one of the country’s largest cities. And disaster planners agreed that two of the most suspected cities that will be hit by the catastrophic hurricanes are Miami and New York. The scariest scenario is Miami. While the city is practically synonymous with storm, the University of Miami has escaped a direct hit for 91 years, and with it the massive storm surge that might deal irreparable damage.
“It won’t survive,” Craig Fugate, the former top emergency manager for both the federal government and the state of Florida, said in 2014.
Any comparison with the 1926 cyclone, a Category 4 storm still known as the Great Miami Hurricane, is only somewhat useful. The city has take serious measure and doesn’t just put more people on the path of the storm, it also means that the area presents a greater risk of flooding. As Houston has demonstrated, that the buildings built in the past years has a special structure to prevent destruction by the natural storms. They now have pavement to absorb less water. This measure was taken because Huston’s expansion has taken over prairies with remarkable capacity to take water., Miami’s growth has colonized parts of the Everglades, another water-absorbing system.
We still don’t know much about the hurricanes, all we know is that their strength will be catastrophic and the number of the victims will be in increase.
We hope the state will take serious measure and reduce this number for the people who will have to deal with this natural catastrophic.