Hurricane Irma Likely to Make Landfall in Florida or the Southeast U.S.; Devastating Winds and Storm Surge Expected

Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean on September 6th and 7th leaving destruction in its wake. At least seven fatalities were reported as well as 95 percent of St. Martin destroyed and 70 percent of Puerto Rico’s households without power. The storm is headed towards Turks and Caicos and Haiti.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged all Florida residents to be prepared to evacuate with the National Hurricane Center  warning the storm could reach South Florida by Sunday.

The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has issued this press release today urging anyone in the path of the storm to make  safety their first priority. The I.I.I. recommends that Floridians recall the lessons from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Wilma in 2005. Not only can high winds be deadly; storm surge is also a serious threat to human life. Residents near coastal areas and inland bodies of water should have a plan for evacuating from flood-prone areas—and be ready to put that plan into action. The release contains many useful disaster preparedness tips.

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