Hurricanes are highly expected when you live in Florida or South Florida. The state has been hit with many that have shaken them up and caused many rebuilds to have to occur. In this time the state has had to reevaluate the codes for building in an attempt to prevent any more losses as Hurricane Andrew caused. At the time, Hurricane Andrew was the first major hurricane to affect the Florida peninsula in more than 25 years. However, more than 250,000 people were left homeless, 82,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged, and about 100,000 residents of south Dade County permanently left the area in Andrew’s wake. A total of 44 people lost their lives in the state, with Andrew causing over $25 billion in damage to the area. In all 65 people died and the storm caused an estimated $26.3 million in damage, making it the costliest storm in history at that time. Twenty-nine years ago, Hurricane Andrew, a category five hurricane packing winds of over 165 miles per hour, plowed ashore. Having rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to category five in just 36 hours, many residents had less than a day to prepare for such a major hit.
After this massive hit that the people of Florida took from this hurricane the state decided to change up the building codes, and with good reason. In this article, we will discuss some of these changes and how they could affect the build of your business or home in Floride and South Florida, let’s get started!