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September 8, 2017

After 1992 disaster, Florida passed tough new codes that Irma will test

  • Florida mandated the most stringent building codes in the U.S., but Irma worries experts.
    Associated Press

    MIAMI — After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida's storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster.

    “If it was to hit with 185 mph winds, I don't even know how the buildings under the new code are going to fare. That's a storm beyond comprehension,” said Allen Douglas, executive director of the Florida Engineering Society.

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