If history repeats itself, we can learn a lot about hurricane season. Some leave the state when they hear about storms like these and others don't fortify their homes and bravely bear the weather. By taking a look at a few of the deadliest and costliest storms in the Ft. Lauderdale area, we will truly understand the benefit of installing impact garage doors and windows on our homes.
1928 - Okeechobee: Before these storms were named, they were anonymous catastrophes. This storm first touched land in Puerto Rico, killing a previously unrecorded of 1,000 people. Making its way to the shores of South Florida, many coastal residents were prepared, but further inland, along Lake Okeechobee hundreds more were killed and the dikes around the lake collapsed, forcing water into the swampy farmland and sweeping homes away.
1935 - The Florida Keys: This Labor Day storm was a category 5 hurricane that killed over 400 people in the Keys. People caught in the open were blasted by such forceful sand that their clothing was stripped away.
1965 - Hurricane Betsy: Betsy looked like she was headed for South Carolina. On September fourth, the storm whirled to a stop. When Betsy began picking up speed the next day, she changed directions, plowed through the Bahamas, and hit South Florida soon after.
1992 - Hurricane Andrew: Since Betsy south Florida had been spared a severe hurricane. That's when Andrew arrived, becoming the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. 23 People died, and damages were estimated at $25 billion.
2005 - Hurricane Wilma: Hurricane Wilma clobbered South Florida on Monday, October 24. Many Floridians didn't take this storm seriously and were consequently covered in dark clouds and powerful winds that left the entire region damaged.
To prevent the next named storm from damaging your home and putting your livelihood at risk, consider installing impact garage doors and windows which can withstand winds at 170MPH and even above. Contact All Weather Protective for a free estimate and be safe this hurricane season.