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Be Ready for Hurricane Season!

Posted By: Brad Thompson In: Charleston Weather
Date: Wed, Jul 26th 2017 1:11 pm

Hurricane season is officially underway for the Lowcountry and residents should be prepared for everything that entails. The season officially runs from June 1st to November 30th and officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have predicted that this season could produce even more storms than usual. This may be due to a variety of factors, not least of which being that offshore waters did not cool off as much as they normally do; essentially providing fuel for storms.

As blessed as residents are to live in the Lowcountry, one doesn't have to live here long to understand how big of an issue flooding can be. Storms far weaker than a hurricane can cause debilitating flooding and this is sometimes lost on residents. It doesn’t even require a major hurricane to cause severe damage and danger. Those who were here for Hurricane Matthew (which was only a category 1 when it made landfall in South Carolina) know that it caused as much damage as the major hurricanes in the past, the likes of which haven’t occurred in over a decade. So how can you prepare for the potential damage accompanying this year’s hurricane season?

Perhaps most importantly is to make sure you have current flood insurance, appropriate for flood area you reside in. These areas can change and later modifications to the home may alter or void your coverage. Some examples of where these issues could arise could be encapsulating a crawl space or flood vents at the incorrect height. Unfortunately, many people believe they are covered and do not find out until it is too late that their coverage had been changed or revoked. The easiest way to ensure this does not happen to you is to contact your insurance company; particularly if you have modified the house since your policy was issued. Lastly, you should always have an evacuation plan in the event of a storm that is too dangerous to endure.

Flooding and storms are an unfortunate part of life in the Lowcountry, but if you take the necessary steps to protect your investment, hurricane season is a small price to pay for getting to live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Now go make sure you’re covered and don’t hesitate to contact me for help or to answer questions!

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