Noble Public Adjusting Group wants to alert all of our blog readers to the official beginning of the 2018 Hurricane Season. The season begins today, June 1st and officially ends on November 30th, 2018. We hope you all took advantage of this blog post we wrote during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which was May 6-12, 2018. If you didn’t see that post or haven’t taken the precautions advice there, now is the time to do so. We want everyone to stay safe this Hurricane Season. One very important link included in that blog post is this list from Ready.Gov, which tells you how to build a hurricane supply kit.
Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth, according to NASA. “When the waters are warmer, it tends to mean you have lower pressures. It means a more unstable atmosphere, which is conducive to hurricanes intensifying,” said Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University.
The 2018 Hurricane Outlook
Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and will run until Nov. 30. However, most of these storms hit during peak hurricane season between August and October, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. Hurricane scientists at Colorado State University are predicting a slightly above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2018, they announced on April 5. The researchers, who are part of CSU’s Tropical Meteorology Project team, forecast 14 named storms, and of those about seven will become full-blown hurricanes and three will reach major hurricane strength, meaning a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale (sustained winds of at least 111 mph, or 179 km/h).
The CSU team will update their hurricane season forecast on July 2 and Aug. 2, they said. On May 24, NOAA released its forecast for the 2018 hurricane season, predicting that the season would be slightly more active than usual, with a 75 percent chance of an above-normal or near-normal season. To make their predictions, scientists analyze a host of factors, from wind speed to sea surface temperatures. During the upcoming season, according to NOAA, there is a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms developing, with winds of 39 mph (63 km/h) or higher. Of those named storms, five to nine could achieve hurricane strength, with winds of at least 74 mph (119 km/h) or higher, and one to four storms could develop into major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5, with winds reaching at least 111 mph, or 179 km/h).
Noble Public Adjusting Group is ready to help when a hurricane strikes. Notice we didn’t say ‘if’ a hurricane strikes, because rest assured, Florida WILL be hit by at least one hurricane this season, probably more. Not to alarm our blog readers, but being prepared is crucial, so we want you to make sure you have taken advantage of all the help offered in this blog post to protect your home, your family, and your commercial property.
One crucial aspect of a hurricane striking when it comes to insurance claims is insurance companies are overwhelmed with claims, so unless you have a public adjuster on your side, there is no telling how long it will take before your insurance claim is handled if you file it yourself. In fact, there are still people waiting to receive their insurance settlement from Hurricane Irma, which happened almost a year ago. And that’s not even taking into account the fact that your claim could be settled for so much less than it should have been, or outright denied. One more factor that comes into play is insurance companies sending their staff adjusters or hired adjusters from other states because they are short staffed. These staff or paid adjusters do not know a thing about Florida and its property values.
As you can see, hiring a public adjuster like Noble to file your insurance claim and handle it from that point forward if your home or business property is affected this hurricane season just makes good sense. Call us today to discuss hurricane preparedness, this new hurricane season, or for any other concern you may have. We would love to come to your home or business and go over your insurance policy for free. You need to make sure right now that you are sufficiently covered before our first hurricane strikes this 2018 season.
Noble’s main office is in Panama City Beach, but we can represent an insurance claim across Florida, and under the right circumstances, anywhere in the US.
Noble Public Adjusting Group
107 Amar Place Suite 103
Panama City Beach (West End), FL 32413