May 31st, 2006 by Megan Mahan
Good news (maybe) from Colorado State University today.
The Insurance Journal reported that the Colorado State University forecast team has predicted that, despite the high probabiltiy of an active hurricane season, fewer storms will make landfall than originally anticipated. The team previously predicted that 17 named storms would form between June 1 and November 30. Of those 17, nine are predicted to become hurricanes; of those nine, five are now expected to make landfall.
Despite these better-than-originally-predicted predictions, the team still maintains that there is an 82 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will hit U.S. soil and a 69 percent chance that a hurricane will hit the East coast this season.
But let’s not end today’s post on a discouraging note. Here, a feel-good quote from Phil Klotzbach, a member of the Colorado State University hurricane forecast team:
In any one season, most U.S. coastal areas will not feel the effects of a hurricane no matter how active a season. The probability of landfall for any one location along the coast is very low. However, low landfall probability does not ensure that hurricanes will not come ashore, so coastal residents should always be prepared.
Indeed, Phil, indeed. And, to help our coastal friends prepare, here are some helpful hurricane preparation links:
- Five disaster prevention tips [the Insurance Information Institute]
- Hurricane preparation and evacuation tips, guides and more (including guides in Spanish and guides for children) [The Red Cross]
- It’s Flood Insurance Time! [InsureMe Insurance Blog]
Check out the links and err on the side of caution this hurricane season. And, if you have questions about home and/or flood insurance, don’t hesitate to shoot them our way via comments–that’s what we’re here for!