IRMA and Hurricane Damages

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IRMA and Hurricane Damages

You surely know that Miami was hit by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017.

The information was relayed by the media and often even amplified.
Priveast experienced this from the Inside! Even though the hours before Irma’s arrival were very stressful (a big thank you to the media for maintaining the pressure to the maximum), the observation that followed this terrible event is rather positive.

In south-eastern Florida, and particularly in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward, the majority of buildings have survived the hurricane: no damage to structures, due to the falling of trees or poles. This is due of a many years of permits and systematic inspections have been in place during and after construction, thus ensuring that the houses have a quality of execution and a respect for the norms that are observed during natural disasters of this nature.

The main damage caused by hurricanes in Florida relates more to energy infrastructures such as power lines, cable (Internet, telephone and television), water distribution networks (very little impacted though) and mobile phone installations.


Fortunately, the Americans know how to mobilize the technical and human resources necessary for the very rapid restoration of the impacted networks.

We have to keep in mind, however, that although the hurricane phenomenon is annual (the season lasts from June to early November), episodes such as Irma are very rare, the last hurricane was in 1992 with Andrew.

Andrew’s record at that time had been terrible:

– More than 25,000 residents have lost their homes.
– more than 100,000 houses damaged, and 90% of the houses had lost their roof.
Long after his passage, still have traces of his passage.

Some buildings had shown signs of lack of construction. It is for this reason that today the standards of construction have become drastic: Implementation of numerous formalities, with specifications are heavier today than before. The steps of a construction are validated and verified. Indeed, when building a construction, a house or any other type of property in Miami, we are required to put in place a license for each trades. These are validated throughout the period of construction or rehabilitation, at each stage of the progress, until the end of the construction.



Finally it is reassuring if you still wonder whether a real estate investment in Miami is not too risky.




      Hurricanes, even if they are spectacular, are not so frequent and today the standards of constructions are reliable to face such events.

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