By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel, Oct. 5, 2017

After Hurricane Irma‘s winds took out 90 percent of South Florida’s power, many residents wondered why more of the region’s power lines are not underground.

The widespread outage occurred even though the storm brought mostly tropical-force winds instead of hurricane force winds to the region, according to the National Weather Service. Felled trees, flying debris, hurricane wind gusts and some flooding caused most of the damage, according to Florida Power & Light Co.

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