Getting ready for the big one.
Between 1965 and 2004 (nearly 40 years), the Florida peninsula had only one major hurricane that made landfall (hurricane Andrew in 1992). The normal long-term probability of an intense hurricane hitting somewhere in Florida or on the East Coast is about once every three years. The odds are slightly better for the Gulf Coast, from the Florida Panhandle through the Texas coast.
If hurricane frequency increases to normally active levels, residents of Southern coastal areas will need to prepare the new onslaught. Minimize your risk by doing your homework before you move. Use care to research the location of your new home, and how it is constructed.
Here are some tips to follow when considering a home in a hurricane area:
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