South Florida Hurricane Damage

  • Albert Lenches, 67, stands in front of his destroyed home in Everglades Mobile Home park where he stayed and survived Hurricane Wilma in 2005. (J. ALBERT DIAZ/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) J. ALBERT DIAZ/HERALD STAFF

  • A car blown off the Florida Turnpike in South Miami-Dade by the winds of Hurricane Katrina.(TIM CHAPMAN/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) TIM CHAPMAN / Tim Chapman

  • Workers replace utility poles in 2005 that were knocked down when Hurricane Katrina passed though Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • Joni Cline looks through her parents home in Punta Gorda, Florida in August 2004. Hurricane Charley destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Photographer: Mike Fuentes/Bloomberg News. MIKE FUENTES / Bloomberg News

  • A truck drives through a flooded street along the intercoastal waterway in West Palm Beach as Hurricane Jeanne comes ashore on Sept. 25, 2004. AFP PHOTO Robert SULLIVAN ROBERT SULLIVAN / STF

  • Key West Convalescent Center patient Nancy Smith is loaded into an ambulance as the nursing facility evacuates its 98 patients and 40 staff in preparation of 2005's Hurricane Rita. (CHUCK FADELY/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A car left in a parking lot near the beach was partially buried in the sand after Hurricane Jeanne. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg, John Pendygraft) JOHN PENDYGRAFT / MBR

  • Jim Leonard tries to avoid a storm surge as he attempts to shoot video near his apartment on Lower Matecumbe Key during Hurricane Rita in 2005. (PATRICK FARRELL/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) PATRICK FARRELL

  • Homeowners cover their roofs in blue tarps to cover damage caused by 2005's Hurricane Wilma in Broward County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • L-R: Joe McGeee, Joseph Whitmer, and Billy Litmer are knocked down by breaking waves at the Southernmost Point on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, as Hurricane Rita neared the coast. (CHUCK FADELY/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michelle Smith wipes her eyes in front of her father's home, which was destroyed after Hurricane Charley hit the Port Charlotte area. (J. ALBERT DIAZ/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) J. ALBERT DIAZ/HS

  • Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte were among some of the hardest hit areas after Hurricane Charley in 2005. (CHUCK FADELY/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Leveled and destroyed trailers in Arcadia after Hurricane Charley.(JOE RIMKUS JR./MIAMI HERALD STAFF) JOE RIMKUS JR. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Workmen board up the Conch Train Depot to prepare for Hurricane Rita. (CHUCK FADELY/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Waves crash against a seawall at Tropical Point during the 2005 hurricane season. (AP Photo/News Channel 8/Tampa Tribune, Paul Lamison) PAUL LAMISON / MBR

  • Arturo Vasquez searches personal belongings throughout his flooded house in North Key Largo. (GASTON DE CARDENAS/EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF) GASTON DE CARDENAS / STAFF

  • Storm spectators getting hit by a wave in the Keys during Hurricane Rita. (CHUCK FADELY/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A man surveys the damage at Gator Harbor West Marina in North Bay Village after Hurricane Wilma. (AL DIAZ/MIAMI HERALD STAFF) AL DIAZ/MIAMI HERALD / Al Diaz/Miami Herald

  • Barbara Ford kisses one of the five neighborhhod cats she used to feed prior to Hurricane Jeanne's devastation of Eegeline trailor park in Hobe Sound in 2004.(Photo/Jeffrey Boan) JEFFREY BOAN / STAFF