Study: Miami most vulnerable city in Florida to strong hurricanes

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new study shows Miami is the most vulnerable to hurricane winds of Florida’s 12 major population centers, while Tallahassee is the least.

Florida State University officials said Monday that a new Hurricane Risk Calculator developed by FSU researchers shows Miami can expect winds of 112 miles per hour or stronger — that’s a Category 3 hurricane — once every 12 years on average.

Tallahassee, in contrast, can expect such winds just once every 500 years.

Also high on the vulnerability list are Port St. Lucie, Key West and Cape Coral.

Pensacola and Panama City in the Panhandle are a bit less susceptible to extreme winds.

Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville join Tallahassee among the least vulnerable.