Hurricane season is less than a month away. In fact, for those living along the Gulf and East coast, it is practically knocking on the front door! Over the past few months, we have discussed typical weather patterns associated with hurricane season such as high winds, severe storms, hail, etc. Here are three conditions associated with hurricanes that may catch you unaware:
1. Rip Currents: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), “Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are
prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores
of the Great Lakes.” Before you head to the beach, check the weather forecast for
any changes in gulf weather activity.
2. Storm Surges: Sources at AccuWeather state that hurricanes can cause unprecedented
sea water levels in areas within close proximity to the storm. NOAA confirms that
“Many of Hurricane Katrina’s 1,500 victims died as a direct or indirect result of storm
surge.” If you live near the coast, it is crucial to have an emergency plan and
3. Tornadoes: It is hard to believe that along with everything else, tornadoes also happen
during hurricanes. Dan Kottlowski, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, explains:
“Some of the most powerful winds inside of hurricanes are created by tornadoes.
Though relatively weak and short-lived, these tornadoes can still cause severe
destruction. On average, about 20 percent of all tornadoes that are caused in a
given year are caused by hurricanes making landfall over the United States.
Whenever a hurricane makes landfall, usually it’s what we call the right front
quadrant that’s most likely to produce the most tornadoes. Hurricanes can
produce tornado outbreaks during the initial storm and for days afterward. In
2004, Hurricane Ivan spawned a total of 120 tornadoes during its lifetime.”
Nature is truly amazing, powerful, and unpredictable. We hope this information inspires those affected by hurricane season to be mindful of their surroundings and take precautions for the upcoming season. Please remember the importance of preparing an emergency plan and evacuation route to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Ensure your insurance policy adequately covers any possible damages sustained by a hurricane. Morgan Elite Specialist Services is a team of certified and professional public adjusters looking out for your best interests. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance policy or have damage to your home warranting a claim, we are happy to assist! Consultations and inspections are always free of charge.
US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “What is a rip current?” NOAA’s National Ocean Service. N.p., 12 May 2009. Web. 15 May 2017.
5 deadliest hurricane-related dangers. (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2017, from https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/5-deadliest-hurricane-related-dangers/359916