Hurricane season kicking into high gear

For many people, Labor Day represents the end of summer, at least symbolically. As the calendar turns to September, kids head back to school, football season kicks into gear and the end of the year is in sight. Halloween is just around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas — and suddenly it’s January again, and we’re left to wonder what became of the year.

Although 2016 is nearly two-thirds complete, the North Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing. Technically, the official hurricane season lasts about six months, from June through November. But according to officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center, we’re in the most dangerous window of the hurricane season — a roughly eight-week-long stretch when tropical storm and hurricane activity is the strongest.

As it turns out, statistically, the peak of the hurricane season in the North Atlantic Ocean is Sept. 10. That day is the most likely one to have a tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic basin. The reasons for this relate to a relative low point in wind shear, warmer ocean temperatures and more moisture in the atmosphere.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that people in Tampa should automatically relax if Sept. 10 comes and goes without a storm. A dangerous and potentially costly hurricane could hit in the weeks or months after that, requiring you to file a hurricane insurance claim. If an insurance adjuster undervalues the damage to your home and property, you might need to work with an insurance claims attorney to receive the compensation you deserve.