Nearly 8.5 million properties in Florida are at risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma, according to CoreLogic, a provider of property information and data, in a report published Friday. CoreLogic said an estimated 8,456,455 residential and commercial properties in Florida are at either “extreme,” “very high” or “high” risk of wind damage from the storm, which is on a path to hit the state Saturday.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan area, the most populous region in Florida, has 2,202,404 properties that are at risk from wind damage from Irma. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has 1,227,461 properties at risk. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford was third with 907,350 properties.
Irma, which has already cut a destructive swath through the northern Caribbean, sustained 185-mph winds for 37 hours at one point, the longest period ever for a hurricane.
AccuWeather reports that the track of Irma will bring the most severe impact to the eastern side of Florida, including Miami, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. However, with the forecast track showing Irma moving up the Florida peninsula, hurricane-force winds will reach western parts of the state as well, including Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota.
To identify the 21 cities at significant risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data for core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) obtained from CoreLogic. The property information site reviewed characteristics of single-family residential structures of fewer than four stories, including mobile homes, duplexes, manufactured homes and cabins, among other non-traditional home types, as well as commercial properties to estimate the number of properties at extreme, very high, and high risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma. The number of properties at risk of storm surge damage also came from CoreLogic. This does not suggest that there will be no damage to residential units greater than four stories, as there may be associated wind or debris damage.
Median home value and population in each area came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey and are 5 year averages. Due to data limitations, home values and population figures for the Palm Coast CBSA are from the 2012 American Community Survey.