My guess is that in Florida the economy is SO dependent on tourism that any news that would frighten people away was surpressed. Unfortunately, I believe Miami will experience a total nightmare scenario in about 2 weeks.
This is both so fast moving that people don't have a lot of time to prepare, and also moves slow enough that people can fool themselves into thinking it won't come.
It reminds me of the story of the man with a small pond in his garden. Every day he would wander down to admire his garden pond, and one day he noticed a dozen or so gorgeous lilly pads, with green leaves and bright blossoms, on the surface. "oh, how lovely!" he thought.
the next day there were several dozen pads. "Even prettier!". The next day an eighth of the pond's entire surface was covered! "wow, they are so pretty!, but, it does block out the sun for the fish. perhaps I should trim some of them" . . .
next day the pond is 1/4 covered.
"I'd better do some trimming back on those . . . tomorrow"
the next day, he looked at his pond, and realized he had ONE day to save it.