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NEW YORK, September 1, 2019 — Hurricane Dorian may now impact Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, states which dealt last year with severe storms, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
“With more Americans than ever living in harm’s way of hurricanes, it’s absolutely critical to pay attention and take precautions,” said Sean Kevelighan, CEO, I.I.I. “We have already seen Hurricane Barry make landfall in Louisiana this summer and Hurricanes Florence and Michael caused fatalities and widespread property damage in the southeastern United States last year. We applaud elected officials urging coastal residents to take inventory of their belongings and to map out a safe evacuation route.”
With Hurricane Dorian nearing the U.S.’s East Coast, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said a state of emergency exists in his state.
Georgia’s southwestern communities were impacted by Hurricane Michael in October 2018 after the weather system initially hit the U.S. coastline near Mexico Beach, Fla. Michael caused 16 U.S. deaths, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report stated.
North Carolina and South Carolina saw extensive flooding after Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C. in September 2018. NOAA attributed 22 U.S. fatalities directly to Florence.
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