The streets of Everglades City became waterways after Hurricane Irma rolled through. This is Collier Avenue, the main drag.
The streets of Everglades City became waterways after Hurricane Irma rolled through. This is Collier Avenue, the main drag. Kate Irby Miami Herald/McClatchy
The streets of Everglades City became waterways after Hurricane Irma rolled through. This is Collier Avenue, the main drag. Kate Irby Miami Herald/McClatchy

They made fun of him for building a fortress. Then he survived Hurricane Irma.

September 12, 2017 06:54 PM

UPDATED September 13, 2017 08:52 AM

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  • Special tank allows scientists to churn up category 5 hurricane force storms

    Model beach houses take a beating as scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science crank up a one-of-a-kind hurricane simulation tank at the school. Scientist Ben Kirtman, the Director of the Cooperative Institute of Marine & Atmospheric Studies explains how creating Cat 5 force winds and waves in the giant tank help with making predications and future forecasts that help save lives.