TAMPA, Sept. 2, 2016 – The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Hermine to a tropical storm, but it could spend a long time on the Eastern Seaboard pummeling coastal areas causing flooding, high surf, and beach erosion. Tropical storm watches are in effect for the coasts of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, and the storm could also impact southern New England coastal areas.
“Residents along the East Coast should not be complacent about this storm. While the Weather Service says this is not another Sandy, it could significantly damage homes and businesses in coastal communities. There is still time for people in the storm’s path to take last-minute actions to reduce potential damage,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). “Residents should be mindful that this storm could still produce heavy rains and higher winds, however, so people should be extremely careful when doing anything outdoors,” she cautioned.
IBHS’ Last-Minute Checklist for Hurricane Preparedness provides quick steps home and business owners can take to secure their outside surroundings, as well as their windows and doors. In addition, there are several actions residents can take now to reduce potential water damage from this storm.
Additional hurricane preparedness information is available at DisasterSafety.org/hurricane.