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Monthly Archives: July 2020

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Hurricane Watch versus Hurricane Warning: Do You Know the Difference?

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Improved technology allows scientists to identify virtually all tropical depressions that form in the Atlantic. If scientists anticipate that a hurricane could approach the mainland United States, then the National Weather Service might issue a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning. But what’s the difference between the two? And what actions should you take… Read More »

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How The Situation Surrounding COVID-19 Increases Personal Injury Risks

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Stay home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted and phased reopening plans are underway in Florida. While people are eager to return to work and resume their normal activities, social distancing continues to be encouraged to reduce your odds of contracting the virus. However, COVID-19 is not the only risk you… Read More »

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Survey Reveals Citizen Response to Hurricane Michael

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The Florida Department of Health went door-to-door to conduct an interesting survey in Bay and Gulf Counties. The department was seeking information about how residents responded to Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane that struck Florida in 2018. Michael caused considerable damage in the Florida Panhandle—about $25 billion all told in property damage—and many… Read More »

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What to Do Immediately Following a Hurricane

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The moments immediately following a hurricane can be disorientating, regardless of whether you rode the storm out at home or took cover at a nearby shelter. Nevertheless, the steps people take in the immediate aftermath can prove critical for their safety and the security of their homes. Below, our Daytona Beach property damage lawyers… Read More »

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Study Reveals Millions of Homes at Risk of Storm Surge Damage

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Traditionally, people feared hurricanes because of their high winds. But changes in construction have made many buildings resilient enough to handle even major hurricanes. Instead, flooding due to storm surge represents the most significant threat from hurricanes and tropical storms. Just how many homes are at risk? A recent study by CoreLogic has put… Read More »

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Will COVID-19 Slow Hurricane Recovery?

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We have written previously about how the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted storm preparations, including the creation of shelters when a hurricane hits. But an interesting article in the Miami Herald suggests that the pandemic could also slow recovery efforts after the storm departs. This is terrible news, given how slowly our state has… Read More »

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Should Hurricane Season Start Earlier?

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Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially begins June 1st and runs through November. But according to the Sun Sentinel, one of Florida’s Congressional representatives is asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to start the season a couple weeks earlier, in mid-May. Representative Stephanie Murphy of Orlando has sent a letter with… Read More »

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Scientist Proposes New Hurricane Scale

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Currently, hurricanes are measured on a Category 1-5 scale that is based on the maximum sustained wind speed. However, some scientists have begun to question whether this is really the best way to categorize hurricanes. According to their thinking, wind speed is not the best gauge for judging the dangerousness of a storm. One… Read More »

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Why Stormwater Runoff is a Danger

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Heavy rainfall during tropical storms and hurricanes is a serious problem, especially in urban environments like Daytona Beach. In isolated rural areas, water can seep into the soil, so flooding and runoff are far less significant. However, concrete and asphalt are impermeable structures, which prevents the water from going anywhere. According to the United… Read More »

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