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NEW YORK, August 28, 2019 —Florida’s East Coast could soon experience hurricane conditions because of Tropical Storm Dorian, according to a U.S. federal government statement issued today.
The National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest five-day forecast has Dorian approaching Florida’s East Coast at hurricane strength by Sunday, Sept. 1, with a potential landfall later during the Labor Day weekend, which continues through Monday, Sept. 2. The NHC’s projection of the storm’s probable path also includes Georgia’s coastline.
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, an I.I.I. non-resident scholar, has also been tracking Dorian and provided a video update yesterday on its progress.
The I.I.I. offers the following guidance to those who live and work along the East Coast of Florida and Georgia:
Wind-caused property damage is covered under standard homeowners, renters and business insurance policies, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I). Renters’ insurance covers a renter’s possessions; the landlord insures the structure.
Property damage to a home, a renter’s possessions, and a business—resulting from a flood—is generally covered under FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies, if the homeowner, renter, or business has purchased one. There are, however, a few private insurers who offer flood insurance.
Private-passenger vehicles damaged or destroyed by either wind or flooding are covered under the optional comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers choose to purchase comprehensive coverage.
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