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With hurricane season approaching, check out how much hurricane damage can cost


Date: May 21, 2019
Source: WFLA
Author:  Kelsey Sunderland


TAMPA, Fla. - Hurricane season officially kicks off of June 1, and with the highest storm surge risk in the country, Florida's potential for catastrophic damage after a storm is significant.

With one named storm expected to dissipate without affecting the United States, anApril report from atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University anticipates a total of 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes in 2019. A typical year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

The good news is that Florida is no stranger to dealing with powerful hurricanes, and although the Tampa Bay area got lucky in avoiding Category 5 Michael last year, Bay area residents need to be prepared.

Florida has experienced some of the most extensive hurricane-related damage in modern history.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, 25 percent of buildings in the Florida Keys destroyed during Hurricane Irma in 2017, while 65 percent significantly damaged.

In Nov. of 2018, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported that nearly 1,002,800 claims were filed in Florida from Irma, resulting in $11.1 billion in insured losses. Nearly two years later, only 92 percent of claims have been closed, either paid or unpaid.