Arthur Grew to Hurricane Strength, But Had Little Impact on Homeowners

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  • The first storm of the season in the Atlantic developed into a hurricane, but the amount of damage it ended up doing along the Eastern Seaboard was minimal at best. That may be a great relief to those who are vulnerable to this type of storm, because experts generally agree that 2014 will feature a relatively quiet hurricane season overall. However, that doesn’t mean that insurance agents shouldn’t try to educate policyholders about the risks they might face when hurricanes or tropical storms make landfall, and what they can do to make sure their properties are as safe as possible.

    Though many experts said that the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year would probably be as little as one, or even none, Hurricane Arthur nonetheless moved up most of the East Coast after making landfall in North Carolina, according to a report from the Weather Channel. However, even at its strongest point, the hurricane wasn’t all that significant, rising only to Category 2 with winds of 100 miles per hour. That’s relatively tame for a hurricane.

    What happened?
    As can often be expected with a storm of this variety, there was a little bit of flooding that took place, as the ocean swelled above protective walls and into roads and highways in particular, the report said. Some islands along the coast of North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks likewise took a bit of damage, but relatively little in comparison with other storms. Despite evacuation orders, some 60,000 permanent residents simply remained in their homes. As it moved up the East Coast, it mainly brought with it rain and a little bit of wind, and had diminished in power to simply being a tropical storm once again by Saturday, as it moved toward Canada.

    While this storm seems like it’s not going to have produced a lot of claims overall, insurance agents may still want to take some time during the coming weeks to talk to their clients about the things they can do to both reduce their home insurance premiums and also make sure that they face less of a risk for actually suffering significant damage. That, in turn, might help consumers to feel better about the coverage for which they may be paying significant portions of their take-home pay, and improve customer satisfaction and retention as a result.