Hurricane Center unveils new storm warnings

Last year’s Florida storm season has prompted a response from the National Hurricane Center. The federally funded center is unveiling a set of new warnings for people in a storm’s path.

The new notifications include storm surge watches and warnings. Those will be issued when there’s a possibility of ocean waters washing inland and threatening lives. The hope is that the watches and warnings will help reduce the number of water-related injuries and deaths.

As we know well in Tampa, storm surge is a real danger that accompanies hurricanes. Area officials have created evacuation plans for a variety of situations.

The hurricane center says it is going to issue warnings and watches when storms are expected, rather than after storms have met the official definition of “storm.” The reasoning is that in many cases, the storms form so quickly that waiting until they meet the official definition can deprive homeowners and business owners of time to prepare.

Another upgrade from the center: the “cone graphics” we have seen used to illustrate a storm’s potential path will now incorporate its size rather than just its center. An accompanying graphic will offer an estimate of the storm’s arrival.

Last season’s financial damage total was the highest since the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, officials said. The financial damage to Florida is estimated at $1.6 billion.

A reminder: hurricane season begins June 1.

A qualified attorney can help you prepare, file and dispute insurance claims.

Contact Williams Law Association, P.A., in Tampa for more information.