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Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

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Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend

 

FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.

Water Splashing over San Marco Retaining Wall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Water in San Marco already was splashing over the river wall, well before high tide.

Chief meteorologist Tim Deegan said a combination of factors has brought the river to the rim of the retaining wall.

A recent storm in central Florida -- the same storm that spawned a tornado on Fleming Island -- added more water to the watershed than the river can handle, and it has slowly been making its way downstream...toward Jacksonville.

As the high waters are heading into town, winds from the west are whipping up the waves, which are crashing into the wall in places like Riverfront Park.

The high tide will be in the area at 4:30 p.m., Deegan said, so more water could certainly come over the wall, though large-scale flooding is not expected.

September Marks Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

September 10th marked the annual historical peak of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge residents and visitors to stay prepared. As this year’s season has already been very active, Division officials caution residents that the 2011 season runs through November 30th and several more tropical developments are still possible. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified twelve named tropical storms, two of which have reached hurricane status.