2. Extreme Weather Conditions Are Rare – Or Are They?
Hurricane Andrew, at the time only the third category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S. on record, had the fourth-lowest pressure of any U.S. hurricane at landfall at 922 millibars/27.23 inches, according to TropicalWeather.net. Maximum sustained winds at the peak of the storm were 175 miles per hour. There were 6.9 inches of rain in southeast Florida and 11.9 inches reported in Hammond, La. The maximum storm tide heights were 16.9 feet at Biscayne Bay in Florida, 23 feet at The Current, Eleuthera (Bahamas), and eight feet in Louisiana (Lake Borgne to Vermillion Bay). In 1992 these conditions were considered once-in-a-lifetime occurrences, but subsequent hurricanes and increased frequency of other extreme weather conditions are raising questions about climate change and increased catastrophe risk.
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