An estimated 8.5 million properties in Florida are at risk of wind damage from killer Hurricane Irma in the coming days, predictive analysis has shown.
Approximately 3.5 million Florida properties are also at risk of storm surge damage.
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CoreLogic, a global property data and analytics company, yesterday released the data analysis, which predicts an estimated 8,456,455 residential and commercial properties in Florida are at risk of either “extreme,” “very high,” or “high” wind damage from Hurricane Irma.
An estimated 3,494,735 residential and commercial properties in Florida are further at risk of hurricane-driven storm surge damage.
“Storm surge occurs when water is pushed toward the shore through the force of powerful winds associated with cyclonic storms,” CoreLogic said in a statement connected to its data predictions. “High winds and low pressure created by a storm causes water to accumulate at its center, and as it moves across the ocean, the strong winds inside the hurricane act as a plow, causing water to pile up along the front of the storm.”
Detailed breakdowns of potential damage areas show that in Florida, 2,658,005 properties are in “extreme” damage of wind damage; 3,393,312 are “very high”; and 2,405,138 are “high”. The specific areas with the most properties in danger of “extreme” wind damage are Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Port St. Lucie.
The areas with the most properties at risk of storm surge damage are Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, as well as Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
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