A lot of us might be feeling some déjà vu after Sandy.
Last year, Irene caused power to go out across the eastern coast, and Sandy has done the exact same thing. More than 75% of homes in Norwell, the town in which Gordon Insurance is located, have lost power from this storm. All across Massachusetts and the south shore, schools canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday.
The winds from Sandy caused several trees and branches to fall. These trees and branches landed on the roads, cars, power lines, and homes. And, not only were the roads covered in tree debris, but these roads were also flooded. Flooded roads have an extremely higher risk of hydroplaning and car damage. Driving in these conditions is certainly not safe.
Sandy was considered a hurricane until Monday night. At that point, she downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm.
Last year, Irene caused approximately 16 billion dollars in damage. It will take a few days to evaluate all the damage left from Sandy, but Sandy’s damage is estimated to be in the same ballpark as damage from Irene last August.
One thing is certain: tropical storms and hurricanes do affect Massachusetts. Especially after seeing all the damage from Irene and Sandy, risk prevention and insurance certainly seem worth it.
Read about what our staff have to say about hurricanes:
- Hurricanes and Home Insurance Policy: What Irene Taught Us
- Lessons from Hurricane Irene about checklists and preparation
- Hurricane Recovery: Cleaning the Wake of Irene