Miami's Vulnerability to Stronger Storms

Miami has always been the one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. to hurricanes due to its subtropical climate and coastal location in the Atlantic basin. 

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Stronger Storms in Miami

  • As global average temperature continues to rise due to climate change, hurricane intensity and rainfall are projected to increase.1 Over time, Miamians may see increased frequency/instances of Category 4 and 5 storms.
  • Rising sea levels will lead to more storm surge, warmer air will lead to more rainfall, and a warmer ocean will lead to faster wind speed – all of which can make hurricanes more powerful.2
  • Hurricane Irma (2017) was the 5th costliest hurricane in U.S. history costing $50 billion to recover from.3
  • Hurricane Irma’s storm surge was between 3 and 6 feet in Miami.4
climate changes amplifies hurricane impacts via storm surge, extreme rainfall, and potential wind speed