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Insurance companies raise rates for many Floridians, drop others altogether

Fla.– Hurricane season is here and thousands of people are loosing their property insurance. Many others are seeing their rates sky rocket. Governor Ron DeSantis plans to sign property insurance changes into law but opponents of this move say the prices will rise for those who belong to the state run Citizens Property Insurance. Supporters say the new bill will eventually force rates down. Republican State Representative Jenna Persons said insurance is a major issue that she hears about quite often. “I’m getting multiple phone calls and multiple emails from constitute this...

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Hurricane season prep presentations happening in Cape Coral tonight

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Hurricane season is here and the City of Cape Coral wants to help you get prepared. City officials are holding a hurricane seminar in the council chambers at City Hall on Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Cape Coral Fire Department and Division of Emergency Management will be giving presentations on what steps you should take to keep you and your family safe this hurricane season. Not able to attend the meeting? Don’t fret. CLICK HERE to view NBC2’s Hurricane Guide that was created by our First Alert Meteorologists. The post Hurricane season prep...

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Has your HOA filled out a right of entry form for the current hurricane season?

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Now that the 2021 Hurricane Season is underway, it’s the perfect time to get yourself prepared for a stormy summer. Something you can do to help you prepare is ask your Homeowner’s Association to complete a right of entry form for the 2021 Hurricane Season. The form will allow Collier County Debris Collection contractors to enter gated communities and clean up after storms pass. Filling out the form is essential if you want storm-generated debris to be removed from your yard. CLICK HERE to complete the right of entry form for Collier County. If you do...

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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Ready for hurricane season? Revamp your hurricane kit during upcoming tax holiday

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hurricane season is fast approaching — it begins June 1 — and if you’re feeling a tad unprepared, don’t fret. People can get a tax break on a lot of hurricane supplies starting this weekend, May 28, through June 6. During the tax holiday, certain disaster preparedness supplies will be sold without sales tax. “The approach of hurricane season is an excellent reminder to prepare not just for storms, but for all potential disasters,” said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. “The 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales...

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50,000 Florida customers dropped by home insurance before hurricane season

Hurricane season in Florida will officially begin in a week but tens of thousands of homeowners are learning that their insurance company is cancelling their policies. It’s leaving many scrambling to pick up new home insurance policy but for many there aren’t many options. Thousands of Florida homeowners have seen their home insurance rates double this year. Three big companies operating in the state announced that they are dropping 50,000 customers. Gulfstream Property and Casualty, Universal Insurance Company of North America and Southern Fidelity Insurance combined have...

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Hurricane season likely to be another above-average year, NOAA says

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above-average according to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The administration released their seasonal outlook this afternoon calling for 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes. A major hurricane is defined as any tropical weather system that reaches Category 3 strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Scale regardless if it impacts land or not.   As of this year, an average hurricane season statistics in the Atlantic includes 14 named...

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‘Ana’ expected to form in the Atlantic

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, which is showing signs of becoming better organized and could develop into Subtropical Storm Ana in the next two days. The area to watch is currently a non-tropical system about 800 miles east of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center now gives the system a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance of developing in the next 5 days. The good news is the storm will stay out to sea and will not be a threat to Florida or the U.S. mainland. Likely soon-to-be Ana will make...

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First Area to watch in the tropics for 2021

And so it begins! The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Team is tracking the first area of interest in the Atlantic Basin for the 2021 Hurricane Season, less than two weeks before the official start. The area to watch is a non-tropical area of low pressure currently northeast of Bermuda, and only has a 20% chance for development over the next five days. If it does manage to develop into an area to watch, it will be a subtropical system, and remain out to sea. If it strengthens enough into a Subtropical Storm, the first name on the list is Ana. Early forecasts indicate that Hurricane Season...

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2020 hurricane season marks a new record

Post-season analysis from the National Hurricane Center finds that Hurricane Zeta strengthened to major hurricane status just before landfall. After each hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) does a detailed review and write-up of each storm that formed. Occasionally, data from this analysis will yield an upgrade or downgrade in strength for a storm. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season saw a record breaking 30 named storms, more than the 2005 season when Katrina formed.  One of the records from 2005 that remained unchanged was the number of major (category 3+) hurricanes. However,...

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