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Prepare now for hurricanes and storms

HSB engineers offer severe weather tips

The 2017 hurricane season has begun in the Atlantic, with at least one forecast calling for above normal storm activity. Now is the time to prepare for the loss of electrical power and wind and water damage from tropical weather systems and thunder storms.

Forecast predicts an active hurricane season

The outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects 11 to 17 named storms, with five to nine reaching hurricane status of winds greater than 74 mph. Two to four could become a major hurricane with winds in excess of 111 mph.

Tropical storms off to an early start

Although the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, the first named tropical storm of 2017, dubbed Arlene, developed in April. Last year, Hurricane Matthew was the first category 5 storm in the Atlantic since 2007 and caused 603 deaths and more than $15 billion in damages.

Any storm can cause damage

It doesn’t take a hurricane to cause equipment and property damage. Thunderstorms, wind and lightning can cause equipment and property damage and the loss of power that can shut down a business any time of year. So it’s important to be ready for any type of severe weather.

HSB can help you get ready

HSB can help your clients prepare for — and recover from — storms and electrical power outages. Click here for loss prevention information developed by HSB engineers. HSB and other Munich Re companies also have pooled our insurance and engineering expertise on this website, which offers tips and links to help consumers and businesses protect people and property.

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Prepare now for hurricanes and storms