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The Perfect Storm of 2012?

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Could Hurricane Sandy, winter storm hybrid, be worse than the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 that slammed the East Coast? Some meteorologists believe so and have grown increasingly concerned, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba and already turned deadly in the Caribbean.

Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

However, regardless of the exact track of Sandy it is likely that significant impacts will be felt over portions of the U.S. East Coast through the weekend and into early next week, the hurricane center reported this morning. It is important to prepare properly for the storm and to take all precautions necessary. I wanted to share a link with everyone courtsey of Ready.gov, it explains helpful safety tips for hurricane preparation: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

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The storm left millions without power across much of the Eastern Seaboard, left at least two dozen dead and forced airlines to cancel about 9,000 flights. It never became the big-city nightmare forecasters and public officials had warned about, but it still had the ability to surprise. Many of the worst effects arose from rains that fell inland, not the highly anticipated storm surge along the coasts. Residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey nervously watched waters rise as hours’ worth of rain funneled into rivers and creeks. Nearly 5 million homes and businesses lost power at some point during the storm. Lights started to come back on for many on Sunday, though it was expected to take days for electricity to be fully restored.

In an early estimate, consulting firm Kinetic Analysis Corp. figured total losses from the storm at $7 billion, with insured losses of $2 billion to $3 billion. The storm will take a bite out of Labor Day tourist business from the Outer Banks to the Jersey Shore to Cape Cod. Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States since 2008, and came almost six years to the day after Katrina ravaged New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. For questions regarding insurance and seeing if you are covered properly visit http://www.kimberleyvassal.com

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