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Families Put Valuables in Storage to Prepare for Hurricane Season

by John Stevens May 25, 2010 12:14 PM
National Hurricane Preparedness Week begins today, and a storm that could become a hurricane has already been spotted, 500 miles (804 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is not yet strong enough to have been given a name, and it has only a 30 percent, or medium, chance of starting to rotate. The first Atlantic storm that begins to rotate will be called Alex. The tropical storms and hurricanes that follow it will be named as follows: Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie, and Walter.

The storm is not expected to pass over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

Although this week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, meteorologists do not really expect any severe storms to develop until the end of July. Hurricane season itself officially starts on June 1. [More]

Preparing Self-Storage Units for the 2010 Hurricane Season

by Holly Robinson December 14, 2009 4:27 PM
Gray and Klotzbach predict a doozy of a season for 2010, with as many as 16 tropical storms and six to eight hurricanes. It is possible, they say, that five of those hurricanes could be major. A major hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 111 miles per hour. The likelihood that these hurricanes will make landfall, too, is higher than usual....

Residents of South Florida and the Gulf coast, however, may prefer to follow the maxim that it is better to be safe than sorry, and secure any property that they feel strongly that they could not afford to lose, or stand to lose, in a hurricane. One way to prepare for a hurricane is to put property that is valuable or has sentimental value into self-storage. Self-storage units are well-constructed for withstanding hurricanes, as many of them are made out of reinforced concrete. Many self-storage facilities in hurricane-prone areas make special preparations for tropical storms and hurricanes, including having backup generators on site, hurricane impact windows, and covered loading docks. If you are especially concerned, find out whether the self-storage facility that you are considering has made preparations for hurricanes, and whether or not it has withstood other hurricanes in the past. [More]