Just this fall, Hurricane Matthew stormed through the Caribbean and smashed into the eastern seaboard. Although Southwest Florida was lucky enough to almost entirely avoid the storm, cities like St. Augustine lost beaches, roads, and electricity during the storm’s surge.
Although people in southwest Florida never have to see a snowflake, the summer months bear their own threat: tropical storms and hurricane seasons. This looming fear came to fruition in 2005 with Hurricane Wilma. This hurricane made landfall right in the heart of southwest Florida causing billions of dollars in damage and disabling residents’ electricity for as long as 15 days.