Florida is on the front lines of sea-level rise and will likely see stronger and more frequent storm surges and heat waves as well as more intense hurricanes and other extreme weather events. These threats are increasing the strain on Florida’s aging energy, transportation, and water systems as well as other infrastructure that supports the state’s economy and the daily lives of Floridians. Based on insured value, Florida’s coastal properties are the second-most vulnerable to hurricanes among U.S. coastal states. In addition to the human toll of such disasters, businesses and residents lose money when hurricanes knock out the power or damage roads, leaving people in the dark and unable to get to work. Hurricane Irma caused a staggering $50 billion in damages and is projected to cost Florida’s state government roughly $442 million. Additionally, 72 Floridians died as a result of the storm, including 12 nursing home residents left for 62 hours in rooms that reached 99 degrees after air conditioning cut out due to a loss of power.

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