The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its 2019 forecast for the next Atlantic hurricane season. After two consecutive years of truly devastating hurricane seasons, the NOAA forecast predicts a relatively normal season this year. While no forecast is ever 100% correct, the NOAA has a history of being remarkably accurate.
The NOAA forecast predicts that nine to 15 named storms are likely during this hurricane season. The season is six months long and slated to start on June 1, 2019. Of those nine to 15 storms, four to eight are expected to morph into hurricanes with another two to far that will turn into major storms with at least 111 mph winds; still nothing to scoff at.
Hurricane seasons are more closely watched after several record-setting seasons in both human life lost, and total cost of damages. To put this in a more relatable context: the past two years of hurricanes have collectively wrought approximately $250 billion worth of damage.
It’s important to point out that the damage caused by these storms has repercussions that are felt across the country. A devastating hurricane season always brings with it a surge in gas prices. In fact, most Americans are still paying for the last two hurricane seasons at the pump.
Daniel Kaniewski, a deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke with the Claims Journal about the upcoming season. “It only takes one landfalling hurricane to create great destruction to a community, we need to prepare now,” said Kaniewski.
While it’s impossible to prevent a hurricane, you can prepare for one. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure you have the proper insurance policies in place with adequate coverage. To learn more about your current insurance policies, or to inquire about a new one we encourage you to reach out to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com.