According to the Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorlogy Project, we should get ready for a less hectic hurricane season this year due as opposed to years past.
They predict that the 2012 hurricane season will be less active than normal. They also predict that this hurricane season will be close to half as active as last year. Last year we saw 19 named storms. Of those storms, 7 of them turned into hurricanes, and 3 of them turned in major hurricanes measured at Cat 3 or stronger.
However, forecasters Philip Klotzbach and William Gray predict the 2012 season, which begins June 1, will have 4 hurricanes, compared with an average of 6.5 hurricanes between 1981 and 2010, and 10 named storms, compared with an average of 12.
The forecasting duo credit a combination of cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and an expected return to El Nino warmer than normal surface water conditions in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean for the reduced tropical storm activity.
Although Florida was again spared in the busy 2012 season, one should not their guard down.
Forecasters don’t like to make landfall predictions, but they are able to say that certain areas may be more prone to being hit by a hurricane this year. South Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas are being pinpointed as areas where chances of landfall are greater.
It’s certainly frightening to hear that South Florida is at great risk year to be struck by a hurricane, even if there are potentially less hurricanes in total this year. We’ve been spared over the last few years, but hurricanes are a fact of life in South Florida.
Although this often leads us to brush off hurricanes, it’s important to be prepared.
One way of ensuring that you’re prepared is to make sure to having everything in place to contact your insurance company in the event of a windstorm because all insureds have a duty to immediately notify an insurers of a loss. Whatever you do, and no matter how slight the damage, call your insurer if your home has been damaged by a windstorm.
However, there are times when immediate notice is still not enough because an insurer will treat their policyholder unfairly by wholly denying a valid claim or by not fully covering their insured’s loss. Realizing that most people are unaware of their rights, insurers may take advantage of their policyholders.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you believe that your insurance company is treating you unfairly, don’t hesitate to contact Alvarez & Barbara, LLP. We have considerable experience dealing with insurance companies and working to make sure our clients get what they are owed.