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3 To Know: Another Hurricane Andrew could be a $300 billion catastrophe

Marco Eagle

1. Another Hurricane Andrew could be a $300 billion catastrophe

In the 25 years since Andrew made landfall on Aug. 24, 1992, nearly 1 in 10 homes built in the United States were built in Florida, according to an analysis of building permits conducted for USA TODAY by the real estate web site Trulia. That's second only to Texas.

Top view of a hurricane.

The trend is even more pronounced for larger condo buildings. Florida accounts for 11.5 percent of new residential buildings with at least five residences over the past 25 years, trailing only Texas' 12.7 percent, according to the Trulia analysis.

The dangers of Florida's post-Andrew growth is clearly illustrated in a report from Swiss Re that examined Florida's vulnerability to hurricanes.

Andrew caused $24.5 billion in insured property damage when it hit the working class suburb of Homestead about 20 miles south of downtown Miami, becoming the most expensive catastrophe in U.S. history. Since then, Miami-Dade County's population has increased by more than a third. Now, if a similar storm hit the same spot, Swiss Re estimates it would cause closer to $60 billion in insured damage.

2. Demolition Derby this weekend

Enjoy crashes, bangs and destruction during the Collier County Demolition Derby on Saturday at the fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Food and beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.

Admission for spectators is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for children younger than 5.

Information: colliercountyfair.com/demo-derby for more information.

3. Florida Highway Patrol is hiring

The Floria Highway Patrol is looking to expand its workforce.

Florida Highway Patrol

The state agency will host an open house at its Fort Myers location Wednesday for "anyone interested in learning more about potentially joining the most elite law enforcement agency in the state."

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at 10041 Daniel Parkway.

Anyone interested in learning more, can visit https://beatrooper.com/.