Florida’s active hurricane season ends

The past 12 months have been tumultuous ones on a number of fronts. In politics, sports, arts and weather, for instance, surprises became the new normal. Two examples: the Cubs won the World Series and Florida’s 11-year streak of having no hurricanes make landfall came to an end.

The hurricane-free streak ended with Matthew, the strongest Atlantic Ocean storm in nearly a decade. The Category 5 hurricane devastated Haiti and caused extensive damage and endless some lives in our state as well.

While it was a powerful storm, Matthew was far from the only hurricane during the 2016 season that produced seven in total, three of which were major.

A hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said that ocean temperatures were abnormally high, which contributed to the busy hurricane season. Also, this year there were no high-level winds to disrupt the formation of major storms, he said.

He said it is yet unclear whether 2017 conditions will be similar. The 2016 hurricane season ended a few days ago; the 2017 season will open June 1.

A research scientist noted that the last hurricane to make landfall while at Category 3 or above strength was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. As many readers undoubtedly recall, it made landfall less than 200 miles south of Tampa.

The property damage done by hurricanes and other storms can be exacerbated when insurers refuse to make good on coverage. In those cases, many homeowners and business owners rely on experienced attorneys to help them get the compensation they need and deserve.