Pat Shingleton: "Inland Storms and Better Homes"
Weatherwise magazine identified land-falling hurricanes that created severe inland impacts. These storms actually created the most damage after the post-tropical phases of the storm. Four storms tore up the Carolinas including: Hazel in October of 1954, Floyd in 1999, Gaston in 2004 and Irene in 2011. All of these systems caused river flooding, flash flooding and damaging winds. Agnes and Eloise in 1975 and 1972 were the worst for Florida with Sandy not only creating high winds and river flooding in New Jersey but heavy snow. New England and Nova Scotia endured the effects of Arthur in July of 2014. Camille is the only system that met this category for Louisiana and Mississippi in August of 1969 with a combination of flash and river flooding, mudslides and debris flows. On a related note, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) continues to assist homeowners in preparing for possible hurricanes. "FORTIFIED Home" began three years ago and is designed to not only build safer homes but retrofit existing structures. During the pilot phase of the project tests replicated high wind and hail. Builders and contractors work with home buyers and homeowners to chose the desired level of protection that best suits individual budgets and resilience goals. The "Hurricane Program" of the plan offers a superior set of standards to improve structure resilience. Experts believe the hurricane division will reduce the potential for property damage, protect physical assets, lower costs and quickly return owners after the storm. Home delivery onf the Official Pat Shingleton Weather News is available at www.PatShingleton.com.