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Available Expert - Hurricane Michael devastates Florida and is moving north

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Queen’s University civil engineering expert Katerini Genikomsou is available to comment on the structural damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The category 4 hurricane made landfall yesterday as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the United States.

“It was a surprise how Michael started as tropical storm and then amped up to a hurricane,” says Dr. Genikomsou. “Hurricane Michael landed as category 4 near Mexico Beach and the damages it created over its path left many communities with destroyed houses, houses without roofs, blocked streets by trees and power lines, heavy flooding and no electricity. This catastrophic damage affected hospitals too. Unfortunately, people lost their lives. We will be watching the restoration process to collect data to identify the impact of hurricane Michael on infrastructure and create models that will be used for coastal communities to be prepared and recover faster after a future hurricane.”

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