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Damage & Aftermath, Waves & Surf, Hurricanes, Hurricane damage, Daily weather diary, September Weather Events, Storm Surge
Asset ID: 5550
|Title: Weather Diary 12 September 1999|
Concept: Costly Frederic.
Detail: How much does a hurricane cost? Not that anyone
wants to buy one, but the total damage tag from Hurricane Frederic was estimated at $2.5 billion the highest ever at that time. The 130 mph winds, a
barometer reading of 27.91, and a storm surge of over 10 ft. in the
Mobile Bay area caused extreme damage. The loss of life was minimized
however, as a result of speedy public compliance with evacuation orders.
Ongoing development in US coastal areas since then now results in even modest storms
producing damage totals far in excess of Frederic's, with tens of billions in damages from Andrew (1992) and Katrina (2005).