As a survivor of numerous hurricanes, I can attest to the fact that those storms are not fun particularly the cleanup. However, this story from eWeek shows that hurricanes even devastating ones can have an upside.
Homestead, Florida, flattened by the same Hurricane Andrew which struck Louisiana in 1992, used the near total destruction of that community to take a forward-looking approach to rebuilding itself. Using community development block grants (CDBGs), Homestead built a fiber optic system that is delivering 100 megabit Ethernet based voice, data and video services to residents there.
And, they're looking well beyond the "triple play" concept. It's a great story!
It also reaffirms the fact that not all companies feel threatened by such fiber projects.