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25 years later: FSU experts available to discuss legacy of Hurricane Andrew

In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew tore a ruinous path through South Florida, wreaking broad structural devastation and leaving a trail of rubble, wreckage and debris in its wake. With lashing winds that exceeded 175 mph, the Category 5 storm leveled more than 60,000 homes, left 44 people dead and caused billions of dollars in damages. […]

Population only part of tornado casualty story

New research out of Florida State University shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties. “It’s somewhat surprising because we’re led to believe it’s just a problem with exposure — the more people in the way the more casualties,” said James Elsner, chair of […]

Hurricane experts available to provide analysis throughout the season

From prediction to insurance consideration to ecological aftermath, Florida State University experts are among the world leaders in the study of hurricanes and their impact on people, property and the environment. These experts are available to answer media questions and provide perspective for news stories throughout the 2017 hurricane season, which begins June 1 and […]