Tornados are for Dorothy, earthquakes are not our problem, and tsunamis are not even our language. In South Florida, one natural disaster reigns supreme, and if you’ve lived in Miami for more than six years, you’ve no doubt experienced one face-to-face. Hurricanes are hundreds of miles in diameter, and they will pummel you with winds of at least 75 mph, destroying every screened patio and uncovered window in their path.
Sure, they can be real terrors, but South Floridians have a lot of fun with their tropical windstorms. We’ve become pretty accustomed to the seasonal visitors, yet it’s always best to be prepared. The more you know, the better, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami) is letting you face the fierceness with “Feel the Force: Hurricanes and Other Hazards.”
The event kicks off Saturday and features demos, guest speakers, music, games, interactive story time, and fun experiments designed to educate Miamians about the annual threat. Build your own house and see if it withstands Category 5 winds. Meet TV meteorologists and Owlie, the NOAA’s Young Meteorologist mascot. Learn how to be prepared for worst-case scenarios, get your questions answered, and grab a treat from the on-site Cheeseburger Baby food truck.
Sat., May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2014