SOUTH FLORIDA — Hurricanes are a powerful force of nature that Florida Keys residents are very familiar with. Nearly five years ago served as a fresh reminder of their severity and destruction when Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Lower Keys on Sept. 10, 2017, as a Category 4 storm.

Considering the impact that these storms have on the entire Sunshine State, researchers from Florida International University are trying to better understand these storms, especially at their higher intensity.