NOAA Predicts 'Above Average 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season'

NOAA Predicts 'Above Average 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Summary on Thursday, August 8th.

The season's outlook continues to call for an above normal season. The Atlantic hurricane region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. The presence of two tropical named storms during June-July in the deep tropical Atlantic supports the probability of an above-average season. Early-season activity in the Atlantic region has historically brought very active hurricane seasons.

The current and expected conditions are determined by combining model forecasts. The NOAA estimated a 70% probability for the following 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season activity:

  • 13-19 Named Storms
  • 6-9 Hurricanes
  • 3-5 Major Hurricanes
  • Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) range of 120%-190% of the median.

Remember: The Atlantic peak of the season ranges from mid-August through late October.

"The peak of the hurricane season is almost upon us and it's important to remain prepared for hurricanes through November. Make sure to review your family emergency plan, check that your emergency kit is stocked and consider insurance options."

Joe Nimmich, FEMA Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery.

Water Flood Damage and Your Homeowner's Insurance

Homeowners and individuals within communities are encouraged to educate themselves on all emergency relief assistance available to them, mitigation topics, and flood insurance coverage. Water flood damage is the most common natural disaster to homes and properties across the nation; and its specific cause is the distinguishing factor insurance policies use for coverage purposes.

What causes water flood damages?

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Overflowing lakes or rivers
  • Rise in sea level
  • Outdated or clogged drainage systems
  • Plumbing system issues

Did you know that homeowners outside of high-risk areas file over 20% of National Flood Insurance Program claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding?

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More Flood Facts determined by the NFIP:

  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
  • If you live in a moderate-to-low risk area and are eligible for the Preferred Risk Policy, your flood insurance premium may be as low as $129 a year, including coverage for your property's contents.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.

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