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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma’s devastation was far and wide but the prayers restrained storm from being a much larger event

Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference in Irma damages, will still likely be a top four U.S. disaster in history

Source: Bloomberg

“We got very lucky,” said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If Irma had passed 20 miles west of Marco Island instead of striking it on Sunday, “the damage would have been astronomical.” A track like that would have placed the powerful, eastern eye wall of Irma on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

By one estimate, the total cost dropped to about $50 billion Monday from $200 billion over the weekend. The state escaped the worst because Irma’s eye shifted away from the biggest population center of Miami-Dade County.