Hurricane Season is upon us. The Gulf Coast of FL is already seeing a named storm "Tropical Storm Barry" and now our East Coast is preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian who may turn into Hurricane Dorian by the time it reaches our coast. ARE YOU READY!?!?
With the Season in full swing, we thought it was important to help make sure our customers, friends and family have the important information needed to be safe before, during and after a Tropical Storm or Hurricane hits.
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Plan for a Hurricane!
The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1. But let's be real... I can't even prepare for the week ahead, but this Season is no joke and can sneak up on us fast! It is vital to understand your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do BEFORE hurricane seasons begins or at least before one is named and heading towards us.
Did you know...? FEMA has an app now?! Where you can receive real time alerts, emergency safety tips, emergency shelters and more. It took me less than 3 minutes to download the app and add my locations under the "Alerts" section. (You can have up to 5 locations.) It is very user friendly. You can choose to see Flooding, severe weather alerts, tropical weather, tsunamis, extreme temperatures, visibility & air quality, fire weather, marine/sea/surf and other public hazard alerts. FYI when choosing location... it does ask for City but it covers the entire county that city is in. I am thinking this app will prove to be beneficial in time of an emergency. I recommend downloading it. *FEMA App not affiliated with Natwick Insurance. This is a personal opinion of staff member writing Blog on behalf of Natwick Insurance.
In taking the time to research information at www.nhc.noaa.gov (National Hurricane Center) I found some interesting statistics and facts and thought it would be beneficial to whom ever reads this. Here are the 2019 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names and the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook numbers.
Did You Know...? Whenever a tropical cyclone (a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane) or a subtropical storm has formed in the Atlantic or eastern North Pacific, the NOAA NHC issues a tropical cyclone advisory products at least every 6 hours at 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm and 11 pm. When warnings are in effect, the NHC issues Tropical Cyclone Public advisories every 3 hours. You can find out more at www.hurricanes.gov for the Atlantic updates.
So what is the difference between Outlooks, Advisories, Watches & Warnings?!?!? I am glad you asked!
Tropical Weather Outlook: The Tropical Weather Outlook is a discussion of significant areas of disturbed weather and their potential for development during the next 5 days. The Outlook includes a categorical forecast of the probability of tropical cyclone formation during the first 48 hours and during the entire 5-day forecast period. You can also find graphical versions of the 2-day and 5-day Outlook at www.hurricanes.gov
Listen closely to instructions from local officials on TV, radio, cell phones or other computers for instructions from local officials. Evacuate if told to do so.
Listen closely to instructions from local officials on TV, radio, cell phones or other computers for instructions from local officials.Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
Hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge watches and warnings can also be issued for storms that have lost some or all of their tropical cyclone characteristics, but continue to produce dangerous conditions. These storms are called “post-tropical cyclones” by the NWS.
We hope you found this information on everything Tropical Storm and Hurricane Related! If you need any assistance with your personal or commercial insurance, don't hesitate to connect with the Natwick Insurance Team! NatwickInsurance.com / Info@NatwickInsurance.com / 321-735-0381 / Conveniently located in Satellite Beach, FL. Providing Insurance Solutions with Personal Service Since 2006