These Four Category 5 U.S. Hurricane Landfalls Prove Why You Should Be Prepared Before Hurricane Season Begins
The four Category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the United States were all tropical storms just three days before they struck, providing a reminder of why hurricane preparedness is important before the season begins in case there are rapidly-escalating storms.
Hurricane preparedness week in the U.S. is an annual NOAA event that calls attention to the importance of making preparations before the season begins.
This includes restocking supplies in your hurricane kit, checking important documents and your insurance coverage and also making sure you have multiple destination options if ordered to leave a hurricane evacuation zone.
It will also be important this year to factor in the latest CDC guidelines for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, NOAA says.
Hurricane Michael in 2018 is the most recent Category 5 to hit the U.S. It was just a tropical storm a few days earlier. It brought catastrophic storm surge to the Florida Panhandle and also caused extensive wind damage well inland from the panhandle into southwest Georgia.
Michael was a tropical storm with 50 mph winds early in the afternoon on Oct. 7, 2018. About 72 hours later, it roared ashore in Florida with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.
The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual, but it’s impossible to know what, if any, areas of the U.S. coastline might be threatened this year.
Some locations go many years without facing a significant threat of a tropical storm or hurricane, and that can lead to complacency. That is why hurricane preparedness is so important to make sure you have your plan in place prior to each season instead of getting caught off guard.
We continue to hear from homeowners throughout Florida who have recently discovered that they sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma. The appearance of these claims are quite common as the rainy season looms.
If you believe you may have roof damage or other property damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, there is still time remaining to file your claim, but that window will close in September 2020.
Contact us for a FREE, no obligation property inspection and policy evaluation. We will review your damages and advise your options. Call Claims Aid Consultants Public Adjusters at 1-888-244-3872 or email us today.