More Than 1 Million Homes Along The Florida Gulf Are At Risk:

1 Million Homes Along The Florida Gulf Are At Risk
1 Million Florida Homes are at RISK in FLORIDA

Hurricane Ian threatens to cost 1 million Florida Gulf Coast homes since it is already a Category 4 storm, putting up the risk of reaching 10 feet of wave along the coast.

In Florida, some 15 million people are facing the likelihood of at least tropical-storm-force winds. That includes residents of the Tampa metro area, as well as Orlando, Tallahassee and Jacksonville. The Tampa area on the western side of Florida may get its first direct hit from a hurricane since 1921. So much could be devastating for them.

“The last major hurricane that actually made a direct hit was 100 years ago,” said meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service with Tampa office. “So there’s a lot of people that have been brushed by hurricanes in the last five or 10 years in Florida.”

Hurricane Ian is producing a larger risk of storm surge along Florida’s western coast, even as the hurricane appears to move slowly toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Many homes in Florida are at risk of flood if Hurricane Ian makes landfall anywhere, and more homes will experience high winds and heavy rainfall throughout midweek.

Storm surge flooding is when stormy water from the sea is pushed onto land and caused by a combination of wind and pressure. Storm surge damages property during hurricanes,the Atlantic coast, Gulf of Mexico, or inland waterways.

A blend of high winds and low pressure occurring at the same time causes storm surge. With hurricane activity, this can cause damage to homes and businesses in a short period of time.

The FDEM has set up a staging area, identified potential distribution points and is stocked with 360 trucks loaded with over 2 million meals and over 1 million gallons of water.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and utility providers are coordinating to make sure that power crews are ready to respond in case of emergency.

Florida schools have announced they will close on Wednesday in response to the storm. Over 24 public school districts, as well as five state universities and four state colleges have decided to suspend operation until further notice.

High risk of hurricane damage cities could also see a rise in mortgage delinquencies rates as homeowners being crippled by expenses and wages also fail to pay their monthly mortgage payments.

Inspired by the Article of Brenda Richardson in Forbs

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