Months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, causing more than $68 billion in damage, residents of the Atlantic coast have been buckling down for what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has designated an “extremely active” hurricane season. Attorneys from the Williams Kherkher law firm say that many families may be able to make insurance claims to help them recover from their losses.
Hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and typically lasts for six months, was particularly dangerous last year due to Sandy’s inland run, according to NOAA acting administrator Kathryn Sullivan, who warned East Coast residents to be wary of storms.
“…It’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline,” Sullivan said. “Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
A combination of climate factors are known to greatly influence the strength of the hurricane season. Meteorologists are particularly concerned this year about warm Atlantic waters and wind patterns from Africa that are ripe for hurricane formation.
NOAA employees offered tips for being prepared and aired public service announcements during National Hurricane Preparedness Week in late May. Those tips may come in handy this week for residents of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, who experienced a powerful two-day thunderstorm that had some reminiscing about the events of October of last year.
“It looked like [Hurricane] Sandy all over again,” Broomall, Pennsylvania resident Jaclyn Sioutis said. “The wind was just crazy.”
Since hurricane season began on June 1, only two storms have developed. Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall on June 5 in Florida and Tropical Storm Barry struck Mexico on June 20.