A look at how construction in Florida has evolved over the years to become more ‘hurricane proof’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — In August of 1992, Hurricane Andrew slammed South Florida. The Category 5 hurricane had devastating impacts, killing over 60 people and wiping out entire communities.

According to the National Weather Service, when Andrew hit, it was the costliest and most damaging hurricane to ever hit the country.

At the time of Andrew’s landfall, the state of Florida had over 400 differing building codes that were all inconsistent.

Ten years later, in 2002, Florida adopted the Florida Building Code that mandated all new buildings are able to withstand hurricane winds, making one new uniform code.

Every three years, the code evolves — the next update will be made in 2023, which Hurricane Ian will impact. That will be the eighth edition.

Under Hurricane Ian, there are over two million Floridians under some sort kind of evacuation orders. Ian made landfall just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

To read more about the updated building code, click here.

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