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Miami's 1926 Hurricane brought about what local innovation in storm preparedness which established a nation wide trend?

  • A. The nation's first building code.
  • B. A water management and flood control commission.
  • C. Storm surge walls and dikes in low lying coastal areas.
  • D. The first radio broadcasts of storm warnings and advisories.

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In September of 1926, Miami was hit by a category 4 hurricane, the force of which has been likened to a 'steamroller". It was a large storm, whose hurricane force winds extended some 135 miles from the Keys to West Palm Beach, but Miami was directly in its sights. Nor was it quick to leave town, lasting for nearly 18 hours. With the boom that had characterized the South Florida area in the early to mid-1920's, many had arrived to take up residence here, "newbies" who were clueless about such storms. The devastating winds died down, as dawn broke on September 18th, conditions which coaxed people to emerge from shelter to have a look about. They didn't realize they were in the middle of a huge vortex, the eye of the storm, and there was another side to come. Most of those who died, were killed during the onset of the second pounding. Spawned by the destruction of life and property, the nation's first building code was locally implemented, which established a trend followed around the country. 1 1. "90 Years Later, the Great Miami Hurricane, a Scary 'What If'?", Miami Herald, May 29, 2016, p. 22A.

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