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Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model Estimates Irma’s Damage

The Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model estimates that Hurricane Irma caused $19.4 billion in wind-related losses to Florida residents alone. (Read More)


Dr. Olson Rates Irma Planning and Response

It could have been much, much worse. If the storm had held to the original forecasts for a Florida “east coast” storm at Cat 4 or above, we would have experienced a state-level…


FIU Remembers Hurricane Andrew

FIU commemorates a defining anniversary for South Florida. (PDF)


Hurricane Andrew 25 Years Later, ABC News

On August 24th, 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane, devastated south Miami-Dade County. (Read More)

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25 years after Hurricane Andrew: Are we prepared for another Category 5 storm?

Florida International University’s (FIU) 12-fan Wall of Wind experimental facility helps researchers enhance and improve building codes. (Read More)


Public Hurricane Loss Model Re-Certified by Florida

After defending the updated 6.2 Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model (FPHLM) in May in Tallahassee, the wind loss model was re-certified for another two years. (pdf)


IMAX films hurricane-force winds at Wall of Wind

The FIU Wall of Wind (WOW) blasted hurricane-force winds on a scaled down model home, and the result was captured on IMAX film. (Read More)


Wall of Wind Research, CBS4-my33, Friday, June 3rd, 2016

CBS4-my33 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer reports on the capabilities, impacts and research of the FIU Wall of Wind. Video


CFO Jeff Atwater, Wall of Wind, Capitol Update, WFSU, Wednesday, June 1st 2016

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater and his financial team visit the Wall of Wind on the first day of the new hurricane season to encourage Florida residents to be prepared and review their insurance…


Lessons of Past Disasters Helped Mexico Sidestep the Brunt of a Hurricane

The Mexican authorities “learned some hard lessons” from botched or inadequate responses to earlier catastrophes, said Richard Olson, the director of the Extreme Events Institute at Florida International University in Miami. “It looks…


“Potentially Catastrophic” Damage Expected From Hurricane Patricia

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As part of Mexico braces for Category 5 Hurricane Patricia, weather experts say the damage could be “potentially catastrophic.” The hurricane is considered the strongest recorded in the Western hemisphere….


FIU, National Hurricane Center join forces to improve storm surge forecasting in Haiti and Dominican Republic

NOAA has awarded $300,000 to FIU’s Extreme Events Institute and its International Hurricane Research Center to develop and implement the program, which is designed to help government agencies make informed decisions when hurricanes…


NSF invests $40 million in research infrastructure for earthquake, wind and water hazards

Recognizing the national need for resilience against multiple natural hazards, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated a new chapter in hazards research with a $40-million investment in Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure…


New Spanish-Language Website for Hurricane Preparation

Florida International University’s (FIU) International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) has launched a new Spanish language hurricane information website.  


2015 Wall of Wind Challenge, The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel’s Kait Parker was a VIP Judge for the 2015 Wall of Wind Challenge at Florida International University and aired this story.

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