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On Monday, 24 October 2005, Hurricane Wilma wrought significant damage and destruction throughout South Florida.  At 882 mb, Wilma recorded the lowest central pressure of any Atlantic hurricane.  Boca Raton and its surrounding communities were not spared.  Power outages ensued for more than two weeks.  These led to widespread food shortages, gasoline restrictions, and unsafe and unsanitary conditions.  Millions of homes and businesses were affected.  Local marine storage facilities collapsed.  While ESRA was forcibly closed during this time, the adjacent tower (1700) was badly damaged.  One side of the five-story structure was sheared off from strong winds and heavy rains.  A cross-section of the building was visible until it was boarded up, as included in this photo slideshow.  A mandatory evacuation of 1700 ultimately followed.

These photos also documented the unpleasant aftermath of a Category 3 hurricane.  Traffic lights were shattered.  Metal street signs were bent or yielded.  Roofs were blown off.  Screened patio enclosures were twisted and shredded.  Glass windows were cracked.  Some automobiles were smashed or dented.  Trees were flipped, cut, or floored.  Electrical utility poles were tipped or snapped.  Roads were littered with clipped power lines.  Once debris removal efforts were in place, blue tarps were fastened to damaged roof structures, only to potentially fail when Tropical Storm Gamma (19 November 2005) threatened South Florida. 

Improved emergency preparedness and response are now needed for future disasters.  However, new hurricane engineering designs and reinforcements are paramount to prevent loss of life and mitigate property damage associated with such events.  ESRA supports these governmental efforts through its premier disaster recovery programs, services, and technologies.  Translate this page.








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