June 1 was the first official day of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Generally, the Florida hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, with a peak in August and September.
This year, there have already been 3 named storms near Florida – Tropical Storm Ana, which dissipated in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Claudette, which caused tornados in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and Tropical Storm Elsa, which wreaked havoc near the Georgia-Florida border.
As such, Florida residents need to be prepared for another difficult hurricane season with 3 to 5 major hurricanes.
What Is the Hurricane Forecast for 2021?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Still, experts do not expect 2021 to match 2020’s historic levels of storm activity. NOAA predicts 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher and estimates that 6 to 10 of these storms could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Of these storms, 3 to 5 could also become major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.
The organization encourages everyone living near the Atlantic Ocean to visit FEMA’s Ready.gov for preparation and to visit the National Hurricane Center website throughout the season to track current watches and warnings.
What to Expect During Hurricane Season
According to Live Science, you should expect “Whipping winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods,” during Florida’s hurricane season – whether you live on the coast or not.
The time to prepare for this dangerous and dramatic weather is now. According to WPTV, you should stalk up on water, batteries, medicine, and nonperishable food that can sustain you and your family for 3 to 5 days without power. You should also have a plan to keep your loved ones and property safe, including an evacuation plan – even if you’re only moving a few miles inland.
Ultimately, you should never underestimate a hurricane or tropical storm. Expect evacuations, power loss, and property damage.
Make sure you have insurance for any properties you own and pay extra for hurricane insurance. Before hurricane season, you can call your insurance company to check your coverage.
After a storm, hold your insurance company to the information they gave you and the policy you signed. If you are having trouble with a hurricane damage claim, do not hesitate to seek legal help.
At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we are prepared to help you get through hurricane season and navigate the aftermath of any storm. As Treasure Coast locals, we know how to handle insurance companies and hurricane claims.
Hurricane season is underway. Take the time to prepare for storms now and call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online if anything goes wrong.