Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch. The lab is at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. It is known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction, or SUSTAIN.
Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. But experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction has not grown along with the new development because Florida builders are doing a better job of making structures hurricane-resistant.
Two of the three children tossed onto a South Florida beach from a bounce house sent flying by a waterspout have been sent home from a hospital with minor injuries, hours after the inflatable was sent airborne above palm trees and a four-lane road, police said. All three children were quickly thrown to the beach as the bounce houses were uprooted and both inflatables then crashed in a parking lot across a state road, police said.