Hurricane Frances Anniversary: Living Inland Isn’t Guaranteed Protection from Storm Damage
Hurricane Frances track
Nine years ago today, Hurricane Frances made landfall on Florida’s east coast as a Category 2 storm, right in the midst of a very busy hurricane season that had brought Hurricane Charley to the state just a few weeks before. Frances cut a long and meandering path through the center of Florida, causing significant damage to the Kennedy Space Center and many residential areas. The storm eventually traveled across the southeastern United States into the Northeast and, finally, into Canada.
Frances spawned 101 tornadoes from Florida to Virginia, almost breaking the record Hurricane Beulah set in 1967. Frances was a large, slow-moving storm whose heavy rains caused flooding in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, western Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
The hurricane was responsible indirectly for 42 deaths, and was the tenth costliest hurricane in United States history in terms of estimated insured losses, which were more than $5 billion in today’s dollars. Power outages affected more than six million people in the storm’s path and in Florida, nearly 3 million residents evacuated.
Frances was a clear lesson that hurricanes can travel a long distance and move far inland from the coast. The Insurance Institute For Building & Home Safety (IBHS) reminds residents on this anniversary that they should always heed warnings when severe weather is approaching their area, and take steps to protect homes and businesses.
The IBHS website, DisasterSafety.org, offers several resources to help you prepare for hurricane season. Take time today to review your disaster plans, survey your home and surrounding property for any areas that should be repaired or protected, and sign up for local emergency alerts.
Additional guidance is available on IBHS’ Hurricane Preparedness webpages.
© 2012 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety