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Hurricanes, traffic and alligators, oh my. Florida can be pretty scary -- ask anyone who lived through the record-breaking Hurricane Irma. From dangerous critters lurking every corner, to deadly and costly storms, here are five reasons why the Sunshine State is anything but cheery. 

1. It's hot and humid

According to currentresults.com, Florida ranks as the warmest state year-round, with an average temperature of 70.7. Tampa and Miami also rank in the top ten sweatiest cities in the country, with an average July temperature of 82.8 and 84, respectively, according to accuweather.com. If you enjoy cranking the air conditioner and stocking up on shorts and tank tops, look no further than the Sunshine State. 

More: Get the latest weather forecast at naplesnews.com/weather

2. Florida is heavily populated 

Florida is the third most populous state in the U.S., according to the United States Census Bureau. A greater number of people equals heavier traffic as well as crowding, partly due to the influx of seasonal residents. More isn't always merrier -- in season it means spending an hour on the highway on your way home from work, dealing with long lines at grocery stores and being late to that appointment because you couldn't find a parking spot. 

More: Florida surpasses New York in population 

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3. Hurricanes and other natural disasters

Florida is known for its natural disasters, like hurricanes and sinkholes. Hurricanes can be deadly, and repairing storm damage done to a home or business could cost a lot. Hurricanes can knock out electrical grids in neighborhoods. Since sewage systems run on electricity, during a hurricane one has to conserve water all while sitting in the dark, with no internet or cable access.   

More: Hurricane Irma: Storm damage photos, Sept. 11

More: Collier County tallies $320M of estimated damage from Hurricane Irma

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4. Dangerous animals are everywhere

Spend just a few minutes exploring Florida's wilderness and you are bound to run into an alligator, a python or even a shark. Dangerous animals and insects are everywhere in the state, which can really put a damper on outdoor fun. Try pitching a tent in the woods while a large snake is watching your every move, or when a swarm of mosquitoes are following you. 

More: 11 places to see alligators in Southwest Florida

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5. The seasons don't change

If you're expecting to watch leaves change color while shopping for jackets and scarves in Florida, you've got another thing coming. Florida is close to the equator, so warm temperatures year-round also means that the seasons don't change.  Sure, it's not sweltering hot in December, but those looking for a white Christmas might want to spend it somewhere other than Florida.

More: Naples blissful to some who avoided Stella's snow, cold

More: In the Know: When did Naples last see snow, if ever?

 

Disagree? Look for our segment tomorrow where we look at the upside of living in the Sunshine State. 

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