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Hurricane Season to be Strong: Insurance Preparedness

JACKSON, Miss.– The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is predicting an extremely active 2013 Hurricane Season.

The time to review your insurance policies regarding natural disasters is now, and not right before a storm hits.

“The more prepared you are in advance of a storm the more it helps save lives, property, and can prevent unpleasant insurance surprises should a storm take aim at the state, ” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said in a Monday press conference.

At this point NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms in the Atlantic and anywhere from seven to 11 may become hurricanes.

“They’re predicting the worst season since 1949,” said Chaney.

The more severe Category 3, 4, and 5 hurricanes are predicted to show up around three to six times before the year is over according to NOAA.

“You need to make sure you have both flood and wind storm coverage,” said Chaney in regards to living on the coast.

He reiterated on Monday that just because a person doesn’t live on the coast, doesn’t mean that a hurricane can’t affect your area.

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