Although these numbers are certainly staggering, the effects of the storms resonate in more ways than just financial. As we move our way into the official beginning of the hurricane season, the peace of mind of many is compromised as they look at the damage done by natural disasters in Oklahoma and wonder what’s next.
This week, May 26th-June 1, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and if the severity of the natural disasters ravaging the Midwest are any indication of the type of storms the Northeast may see, it’s time to seriously analyze your hurricane and flood protection. The hurricane season begins June 1st and unfortunately for the Atlantic coast, experts at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration estimate a 70% chance of 13 to 20 named storms throughout the season. A named storm is anything classified above wind speeds of 39 mph. Of these 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 are predicted to be hurricanes (wind speeds of 74 mph and above) including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph and above).
The dangers to life and property that are inherent with hurricanes include storm surges, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and rip currents. Storm surges, the abnormal rise of sea water, are among the more hazardous consequences of a hurricane and often lead to damaging floods that can ruin property.
As we jump into the official beginning of what is predicted to be a rigorous and stressful hurricane season be sure to stay safe and if you are unsure about any of your coverage, feel free to call either of our offices in Bourne or Falmouth at 800.800.8990.