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Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, leaving millions without power, roads blocked, and sanitary services like water and sewage disrupted for what could be weeks. With so many people forced to seek shelter elsewhere, many are left wondering what they should expect next. Our Citrus County Hurricane Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage everyone to stay alert and be prepared for the remainder of hurricane season, especially if you reside in the Atlantic and Southeastern states.
Every hurricane season, names are given alphabetically to storms starting in June. The National Weather Service always names the hurricanes. The letter “I,” is the ninth letter of the alphabet so that means Ida was the ninth storm of the season, which usually happens at the end of September, which means Hurricane Ida was a month early. Hurricane Ida was also one of the most powerful storms the U.S. has seen, joining a few other “I” storms from the past that also left a lingering impact, 2004’s Ivan and 2017’s Irma.
2021 has been a busy storm season already and looking back at 2020 we can see that there were 30 named storms, including 14 hurricanes (7 of these were major storms), 11 named storms that hit the U.S. coastline, and then Greek letters used for the remainder of the hurricanes that closed the season.
By going back and looking at hurricanes and tropical storms from previous years, the reality is alarming: storms are increasing in frequency and intensity. With that said, Hurricane Ida quickly went from a Category 1 Hurricane to a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, leaving most without the proper time to develop an evacuation plan to protect themselves from the storm that increased from 85 mph to 150 mph in less than 24 hours. Due to this, our lawyers are recommending that all Floridians be prepared to endure more storms and ones that could be more ferocious and result in great damage.
Storm names for the rest of the 2021 hurricane season are listed below:
Once a hurricane makes landfall and wreaks havoc on your home or other properties, it can be shocking for many property owners to find that their insurance company has denied their claim. This is actually quite common, unfortunately, and your insurance provider may list many reasons as to why they have elected to delay or deny your claim.
Our Citrus County Hurricane Claim Lawyers at Whittel & Melton strongly recommend piecing together a plan of action for after a hurricane or tropical storm so that your interests are protected: