Prepping for Hurricane Season in South Florida

Florida residents already pay the highest home insurance costs in the country. At the start of hurricane season on June 1, insurers increased some of these rates by up to 10 percent due to the weather forecasts. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30. One local meteorologist described a forecast projecting average to below average activity for the season.

The average of the season is 12 storms, with a great chance of six developing hurricanes and three potentially escalating up to a Category 3 producing winds exceeding 111 mph. It only takes one of these types of storms to cause billions of dollars worth of damage to properties located throughout South Florida. It’s easy to forget, but before 2016 it had been over a decade since a major hurricane struck the area.

Right now, the severity of the 2017 hurricane season will be dictated by whether El Nino is moderate enough to enhance wind shear and suppresses tropical storms from developing. Due to the uncertainty involved, meteorologists are still recommending residents plan ahead. Local school districts suffer great when strong tropical storms reach South Florida. At the minimum, Category 3 Hurricanes can cause costly flooding and roofing damage to thousands of properties in the area.

Often times, the storms cause structural damages and entire components if to be replaced or restored by professionals. When the season produces damaging storms like Hurricane Andrew, insurers are more likely to pull out of the market altogether. Identifying the right broker or restoration professional to help minimize costs when restoring the property is more often the top priority for business and property owners affected by tropical storms.

Property owners can benefit from shopping around now to compare the rising insurance premiums, broker commissions and local restorers in preparation for 2017 hurricane season. Experts forecasting this upcoming season warn that dangerous storms like Hurricane Andrew can quickly develop into a Category 5 event in just 2 days. In a storm of that magnitude, winds exceed speeds of 175 mph.

A chief meteorologist also noted that these hurricanes don’t always weaken as they come ashore. Just last year, Hurricanes Matthew resulted in over 200, 000 homes in Brevard County losing power and over 4,000 residents were displaced in shelters. Approximately 1,500 houses were affected by the hurricane, 140 sustained major damage and 11 were destroyed. Local counties have already started holding workshops and training sessions in preparation for the current hurricane season.

Meteorologists believe strong wind shears have been acting as a barrier shielding the east coast for the decade leading up to 2016. The experts forecasted that the Atlantic is developing into a quiet season, which increases the likelihood that hurricanes are likely to become more severe as they reach landfall. Excessive rainfall leading to inland flooding is one of the most dangerous and destructive aspects of the tropical storm.

Many property owners in South Florida are already securing, clearing and pruning trees in preparation for any potential tropical storms that may come this season. It’s also beneficial to start exploring better hurricane coverage options and identifying the right restoration professional to rely on in the event of an emergency.