Hurricane Irma's storm surge, wind could damage vulnerable Florida bridges

Published September 7, 2017

This A USA Today story carried in numerous newspapers nationwide about potential damage from Hurricane Irma notes a 2007 study by then-UB engineering professor Gilberto Mosqueda who said a lesson learned from Hurricane Katrina is that bridges "account for gravity. They're not designed to resist an uplift force." Forecasters have predicted storm surges to reach 20 feet, approaching the height of those in Hurricane Katrina, and long stretches of bridge spanning areas such as the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay could face serious risks from Irma.

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