The Atlantic hurricane season has been a record-breaker with almost 30 named storms wreaking havoc and misery over the last few months and 12 of them hitting the USA.
The 2020 hurricane season still has a couple of weeks to go but it’s already notched up 29 named storms making it the worst season ever … and it may even pass the 30 figure in the coming days. So far there have been 5 major hurricanes and 13 hurricanes among the storms – the last record was 28 named storms which was set in 2005.
Flooding has been a major problem and people have struggled to get sandbags. Even when authorities provide them people have to do the back-breaking work to fill the sandbags and the number they can have is strictly rationed. Many Americans now use FloodSax alternative sandbags instead.
It’s not always the most powerful storms that cause the most devastation. The real wreckers are the ones that stick around for a long time. The most damage from a hurricane is caused by flooding as just one inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 damage to a home or business.
Roy Wright, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and former chief executive of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), said: “It’s mid-intensity storms that park for long durations that are being really the facilitators of the most catastrophic losses.”
News channel CNBC reports that Miami Beach homeowner Curt Dyer has suffered three major floods in his home which has caused more than $1 million damage and he has made two claims on his home insurance. His plan is provided through the NFIP which is now facing more than $20 billion of debt.
The hurricane season runs from June to November when hurricanes usually form in the Atlantic Ocean.
Thousands of Americans now rely on FloodSax ‘sandless’ sandbags which are space-saving to store in homes and businesses so you have the peace of mind of flood protection 24/7. They are quick and easy to deploy with 2.5 million sold worldwide in the last 12 years.
FloodSax resemble large pillowcases until they come into contact with water and when they do they absorb the water to inflate to weigh 20kg (44lbs) which makes them more effective than traditional sandbags at keeping floodwater out. It means 20 fit into a cardboard box which is easy to store and for one person to carry.