Accidents happen. Even during hurricanes.
The peak hurricane season began in August and will last through October. While hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends November 30, the most active months are August through October. And the peak within the peak? September 10 is the day that we are statistically most likely to find a hurricane in the Atlantic basin. One of the factors involved in the September spike in is the warmer ocean temperatures – almost at low boil in South Florida by September – that give rise to more storms.
Hurricane forecast upgraded.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently upgraded its forecast to add more potential hurricanes to the remainder of the 2019 season. It’s no surprise: astonishing temperatures have been recorded world-wide, making July 2019 the hottest month on record for the planet. Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties have all had their share of steaming hot days.
Heavy rains in South Florida.
More recently, South Florida has had daily deluges that seem to be out sized even for the area’s monsoon-like rainy season. With torrential rains streets become temporarily swamped, impassible and dangerous. Worst of all, sewer systems are overwhelmed, causing beach closures in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties because of fecal contamination.
It’s going to get hotter, much hotter.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released a report that shows that the United States will experience more and more days with triple-digit temperatures, and that the Southeastern states will suffer the most. In Florida, historically there have been about 125 days each year with the heat index above 90 degrees. The UCS predicts that this will increase to an average 166 days per year by midcentury – just 30 years from now – and to 186 days by the century’s end. Going further up the heat index, historically there have been about 25 days each year with a heat index above 100 degrees. Again, the UCS predicts a marked increase to about 105 days per year by midcentury, and to a heart stopping 141 days by the century’s end. Of the cities with a population of 50,000 or more in Florida, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and North Port-Port Charlotte would experience the highest frequency of these days. In short, it’s hot now and it will be a lot hotter later.
Hotter weather could mean more hurricanes.
Hotter temperatures create a big supply of two of the three factors needed for hurricane: heat and moisture. According to NOAA, potential storms pull moist heat energy from warm water and all that needs to be added is wind.
Florida, and in particular South Florida, lives under the threat of hurricanes for six months out of twelve.
And yet, with every hurricane that ever menaces South Florida, residents hold off preparing until the last minute, or not preparing properly.
It’s dangerous to wait when preparing for a hurricane.
Deteriorating weather conditions increase your chances of getting into an accident. In rushing to prepare, you may experience poor visibility, slippery road conditions, and blocked or flooded lanes. Too, when the winds start picking up and the realization that a hurricane is close, panic can set in and affect how you drive. The time frame issued by the Department of Homeland Security should be your basic plan of action. The reality is, though, that your preparations should begin much earlier to ensure that you’re fully covered and that you’ve done all you can to minimize your risks.
Follow your community’s recommendations once the storm has passed. If you’re told that roads aren’t safe, and shouldn’t be used, don’t. Safety officials are just that: officials tasked with caring for your safety and ignoring their instructions will put you and others at risk.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you still may get into an accident before or after a storm.
What should you do if you’re in an accident during a hurricane?
If you’re hurt, call emergency medical services. But don’t assume that you’re not hurt just because you don’t need an ambulance. Many injuries don’t manifest until well after the accident.
Call Matthew Waring at Waring Law if you’ve been in an accident in Miami Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County. Matthew Waring has been on both sides of an accident: from winning for a client the compensation they deserve to being in an accident and feeling the pain and suffering of accident victims.
Time is important when injured.
You can’t afford to wait for the compensation you deserve, yet insurance companies will stall for as long as they can.
Matthew Waring is an experienced personal injury attorney who gives his clients his full commitment to getting the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
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