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Hurricanes: Science and Society
A photo of a piece of plywood embedded in a telephone pole.
Plywood through trunk
Hurricane Andrew was one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, tearing into South Florida in August, 1992, with sustained winds of 165 mph, and wind gusts as high as 177 mph. The hurricane destroyed over 25,000 homes and damaged over 100,000 others - primarily through wind-caused damage. Winds were strong enough to shoot this piece of plywood through a tree trunk in Homestead, FL.