Hurricane season officially kicks off of June 1, and with the highest storm surge risk in the country, Florida's potential for catastrophic damage after a storm is significant.
With one named storm expected to dissipate without affecting the United States, an April report from atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University anticipates a total of 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes in 2019. A typical year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.
The good news is that Florida is no stranger to dealing with powerful hurricanes, and although the Tampa Bay area got lucky in avoiding Category 5 Michael last year, Bay area residents need to be prepared.
Florida has experienced some of the most extensive hurricane-related damage in modern history.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, 25 percent of buildings in the Florida Keys destroyed during Hurricane Irma in 2017, while 65 percent significantly damaged.
In Nov. of 2018, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported that nearly 1,002,800 claims were filed in Florida from Irma, resulting in $11.1 billion in insured losses. Nearly two years later, only 92 percent of claims have been closed, either paid or unpaid.
Check out the charts below to see the country's most expensive storms in recent history
Top Three States Catastrophe Losses 1987-2016
The U.S. catastrophe total between 1987 to 2016 was $543.4 billion. Hover over the rings to see the exact amount. Figures are in billions of dollars.
Source: The Property Claim Services® (PCS®) unit of ISO®, a Verisk Analytics® company
Top Costliest Hurricanes In The United States
Figures are in millions of dollars. Hover over the bars to see the exact amount.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, catastrophe risk modelers, reinsurance companies, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the Property Claim Services® (PCS®) unit of ISO®, a Verisk Analytics® company, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.