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Irma Hurricane Damage Not As Bad As Wilma

Miami will probably be able to recover from Hurricane Irma relatively quickly.

Wind gusts in the area were recorded at nearly 100 miles per hour yesterday during the storm – similar to what was recorded during Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Structural damage in Miami and Miami Beach appears to be far less though, compared to Wilma. Mostly it is in the form of downed trees, torn awnings, and other minor damage. Some stores have already reopened just one day after the storm.

In Brickell, there does not appear to have been a repeat of Wilma, when streets were covered with shattered glass partially caused by flying roof gravel. Although there was significant storm surge, it drained quickly.

Overall, government and residents were much better prepared than previous storms (and also luckily avoided a direct hit.)

 

Glass at Brickell Arch and 1200 Brickell appears intact, unlike after Wilma:

(photos: Arian Campo-Flores‏, Bianca Peters/twitter)

 

Worldcenter cam showing a beautiful day after the storm:

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Marc306
Marc306

Remember, Miami is more than just Brickell and Downtown. Plenty of neighborhoods with more damage and longer recovery timelines.

Jesus
Jesus

Those areas should not be ignored, agreed. However, the downtown area is where a significant amount of economic activity takes place which will help the city to recover economically.

Aston
Aston

c’mon the article is just comparing one hurricane to the other…don’t be so sensitive and move to this neigborhood…it is so much fun during hurricanes…hehehe

Anonymous
Anonymous

I just read that uprooted trees generally can’t be saved. Such a shame! I’ve seen post-Irma photos of Museum Park and lots of trees were uprooted,and I’m sure lots of other parks in Miami are in the same condition.

Procalc
Procalc

i agree, with need 10 times more trees and less useless palm trees

Anonymous
Anonymous

Palm trees are more wind resistant than most trees in a hurricane. Plant 10 times more different trees and you’ll be picking up and trashing 10 times more trees after another hurricane blows them down.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Better than an entire island

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s amazing how we have all this technology for buildings to resist wind and earthquakes, but we can’t replant trees?!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The was tornados in Brickell with Wilma and Katrina. Totally different with this last hurricane.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wilma was a cat 3 when it hit us. We got hit with cat 1 winds from Irma.

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