The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Dennis nearly 10 years ago this week. Hurricane Dennis known for intense winds and storm surge heavily impacted the western Florida Panhandle making landfall near Navarre Beach which is known as a popular summer tourist destination.
PCI/NOAA provide fast facts:
- Hurricane Dennis was designated a category 3 storm;
- Initial landfall occurred at Navarre Beach, Florida;
- States directly impacted: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio;
- Violent winds packed a major punch to many areas with 98 mph winds causing 10 tornadoes and massive destruction and storm surge;
- U.S. estimates of insured losses ranged from $1-1.5 billion.
“I remember Hurricane Dennis and the impacts it had on Tallahassee, the surrounding areas and into western Mobile county in Alabama,” said PCI’s regional manager Logan McFaddin. “As we mark this historic anniversary, insurers want to remind homeowners, renters, and business owners that we will soon be entering what’s typically the most active part of hurricane season. Following Hurricane Dennis insurers paid more than $1 billion in claims which helped to rebuild several communities. Its important policyholders know insurers will continue to be there to help restore communities impacted after any major disaster.”
Already this year two storms have hit the United States in what forecasters are predicting to be another mild year. Tropical Storm Ana slammed into the coast of the Carolinas and then Tropical Storm Bill drenched portions of Texas and Oklahoma with heavy rain bands causing wide spread flooding.
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