Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 145 mph, is expected to make landfall Wednesday on Florida’s panhandle. In addition to its damaging winds, the storm is forecast to bring heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surges of 13 feet in some areas along the coast.
The fast-moving weather system comes just three weeks after Hurricane Florence battered the Southeast, dumping nearly 36 inches of rain in some spots in North Carolina and causing widespread flooding and wind damage.
While it’s too late for homeowners in Michael’s path to make insurance changes, people in other hurricane-prone areas should take it as a reminder that a future big storm could head straight for them.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, although the peak season is mid-August to late October. Last year’s three monster storms — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria — hit during that period of high storm activity. Combined, they caused $265 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.