While South Florida is normally known for its sunny weather and laid back living, every year South Floridians have to hunker down in preparation for hurricane season. Each Summer and Fall, homeowners and business owners alike brace for the oncoming schedule of storms that head our way. If you’re living in South Florida, it’s important that you’re aware of some of the core FAQs we constantly receive about hurricane season. That way, you and your family can rest easy knowing they’re prepared for whatever comes our way.
When Does Hurricane Season 2021 Start?
While it may seem like hurricane season changes every year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration notes that Atlantic Hurricane Season 2021 and beyond all begin on June 1st and run all the way through November 30th. While storms can occur outside of this window, the large bulk (97%) of all storms that are tracked fall within this period.
I Don’t Have To Worry About Any Storm That’s Not A Hurricane, Right?
Wrong. While hurricanes and tropical storms are the most talked about type of storm that comes during this period, there are plenty of other classifications that you need to be aware of. Homeowners, property managers, and business owners in South Florida should also be aware of both tropical storms and tropical depressions. During Hurricane Season 2021, chances are we’ll see a larger portion of tropical depressions and storms than hurricanes. While they may not be as powerful, they can still cause serious damage. In fact tropical storms can have wind speeds up to 72 miles per hour.
While tropical storms are on the cusp of becoming hurricanes, tropical depressions tend to be forgotten about since they don’t receive a name like tropical storms and hurricanes do. Make no mistake though, these stronger-than-average storms can actually leave hidden in their wake. Their slower sustained winds and heavy rainfall can cause serious water and mold damage in buildings in its path. They also can hold wind speeds up to 38 miles per hour, which can cause decent damage wherever it goes.
Should I Stay In Home In The Event Of A Large Storm?
South Florida has seen its fair share of massive and deadly storms, but that doesn’t mean you should be complacent when the next one comes around. We strongly recommend following what local and state officials are saying in regards to evacuation plans, even if that means leaving your home. Your belongings can be replaced, but you and your loved ones can’t. Play it safe, and if necessary evacuate up north where flooding and wind speeds will be lessened.
What Do I Do If My Home Was Damaged From A Storm During Hurricane Season?
If your home was damaged in any way during a storm this Hurricane Season 2021, don’t go directly to your insurance provider. While it may seem like the logical solution, remember that they have different financial goals from you and your family. Due to the high volume of claims they’re likely receiving, insurance companies are ultimately going to be looking to give out the smallest amounts possible.
Before contacting your insurance provider this Hurricane Season 2021, contact Barclay’s Public Adjusters. We’ve made it our mission to help you maximize your claim no matter what. From major hurricanes to small unnamed tropical depressions, we will assist you in getting the most for your insurance claim. To learn more or set up your free consultation, contact us today either online or by giving us a call at (866) 724-4473!