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Few mobile homes in Florida are storm-ready, despite code

Few mobile homes in Florida are storm-ready, despite code
From Reuters - September 11, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only a fraction of mobile homes in Florida were strapped down with the kind of hardened braces meant to withstand fierce storms before Hurricane Irma hit the state, experts said, leaving more than a half-million homes vulnerable to serious damage.

About one-third of Floridas roughly 850,000 mobile homes were installed to current code, according to industry data. The standards were devised after Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992, uprooting thousands of mobile homes like tin cans.

The rest still have their original underpinnings, making them even more vulnerable to a catastrophe like Irma, whose maximum sustained winds on Sunday afternoon were 120 miles per hour (195 kph).

By Monday, Irma had weakened to a tropical storm but there was far-flung damage to mobile home communities.

At the Trinidad Trailer Court in Miami, the storm punched a hole in the roof of Ladesse Lamays home.

I dont kow what I am going to do, said the 58-year-old. I need money to fix my roof and I have no money.

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