Florida Institute of Technology hurricane expert Jean-Paul Pinelli says Hurricane Ian proved once again that storm surge and flooding are difficult challenges to overcome.

Pinelli, a professor in the department of mechanical and civil engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, said some areas would not do well to rebuild such a structure after destruction from a hurricane like Ian.

“It’s stupid to restore as before, then just hope for the best,” said Pinelli. “The question is not whether it will happen again. It’s not a question of if, but when.”

While “no one has a crystal ball” to determine when and where the next major hurricane will hit, Pinelli said “the risk remains.”

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