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2008 Hurricane Season Set to Begin

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 3:35pm.

Florida Hurricane Season BeginsAnother hurricane season is set to officially begin this weekend and it is important for Florida Gulf Coast residents to pay attention and be prepared. With two recent years of above-average storm forecasts and below-average actual storms, many residents may feel confused about what to expect this year.

Government forecasters officially predict six to nine hurricanes in 2008, with up to five becoming major storms. They also say the chances for an above-average season are about 65%; the chances for a normal season about 25%; and the chances for a slow season about 10%. Unfortunately, for many Floridians, the forecasted outlook seems like nothing more than a guess. Ignoring the possibility of these predictions coming true can be a major mistake. All you have to do is remember two very important points. One, it doesn't matter if there is only one major storm in 2008, should that be the one that hits your home. And two, don't forget that you live on a peninsula that sticks out into the ocean like a giant with a hurricane "Kick Me"  sign on his back.

So, every Florida homeowner should prepare for the worst even as they hope for the best. Plan early and be prepared for any and all contingencies. Don't let apathy or laziness make you an even worse victim of the power that Mother Nature can unleash on the area you have chosen to call home. For more information on what you can do to be ready for this hurricane season, please visit our hurricane preparedness information resource page and be sure to review your homeowner insurance policies. Being storm smart is the best thing you can do for your home and your family.

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