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Experts Predict Slightly Below-Average Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

By May 11, 2023Insurance
Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season this year. The season runs from June 1 to November 30, and researchers believe there will be 13 named storms throughout the year.
Of the predicted 13 named storms, six are expected to become hurricanes. Furthermore, two of those hurricanes have the potential to reach major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 mph or more.
These predictions also highlight the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall, breaking down probabilities by region. While these are just predictions, now is a good time to think about preparations in case we have a severe storm. As we know, when a hurricane hits our coastline, it can also travel and cause damage across the state.
Here are some key hurricane preparedness tips to consider. 
Assess specific risks. Know your hurricane exposures. The particular location of your home(s) can determine wind and flood hazards.
Make home adjustments. Your roof is your first line of defense during severe weather, so inspect it for damage and call a professional if repairs are needed. Use caulk to seal cracks and gaps in exterior walls, windows, electrical boxes, vents, and pipes. (This will help to keep water out.) Clear your yard of any items that could get blown around during a hurricane. Consider where you can store your vehicles safely and securely during a storm.
Have a plan. Establishing a hurricane response plan is vital. This plan should include possible evacuation routes and nearby emergency shelters.
Create a kit. Keep a hurricane kit fully stocked with proper supplies, especially if you have a coastal home. This should include nonperishable food, water, medicine, emergency power sources, a first-aid kit and important documents.
Maintain coverage. Be sure you have the coverage you need in the event of a hurricane. Remember that most homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover flooding. Interested in flood insurance? Click here for more information
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