Hurricane Irma SHOCK warning: miracle if Miami Beach DOESN’T sink under HUGE storm surge

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE IRMA could ‘sink’ the city of Miami Beach with the power of its huge sea surge, a local architect has warned.

Fri, Sep 8, 2017

Cooper Copetas, a local architect and urban designer warned that the city of Miami Beach could be totally submerged by Hurricane Irma as current protections are likely to be over run by the looming storm.

Mr Copetas told France 24: “We’ve been to the artificial island and they need to evacuate immediately.”

“The problem is there is a surge on one side and on the other side the water will go up through waves.”

“So it would be a miracle if the island didn’t sink, actually.”

“Current zoning codes indicate that we have to build above 12 feet and 12 metres would be well, the ratio is three times more, so the effects would be catastrophic, especially in Miami Beach.”

The City of Miami Beach lies on an island, separated by a lagoon from Miami proper.

But Mr Copetas warned that the after effects could also be dangerous for residents.

He said: “What’s even more terrifying is what would happen afterwards, which is water stagnation.”

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