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Florida’s building codes: The next hurricane could blow them away

The battle between man and nature plays out each hurricane season: Can homes be better built to withstand the power of a mighty storm?

Lauren Powell, Phil Buck, Andrew Krietz

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Published: 8:28 PM EDT May 5, 2019
Updated: 11:59 AM EDT June 4, 2020

Total devastation.

That's what we saw along parts of the Florida Panhandle last October when Hurricane Michael roared ashore at Mexico Beach.

It's immediately evident: Our buildings are not capable to withstand this type of power.

Were they supposed to? If not, why not?