Hurricane Joaquin May Be Coming to Your Town


As media outlets along the East Coast have reported, the National Hurricane Center is tracking Hurricane Joaquin. Over the past 48 hours, Joaquin has developed from a tropical storm into a category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of approximately 125 miles per hour. At the time of this blog post, it is passing over portions of the Bahamas and is currently traveling west-southwest, but is expected to turn north within the next 48 hours. Virginia and New Jersey have already declared a state of emergency in preparation of the worst.

The forecast models have a significant amount of uncertainty at this time, but it appears that large portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast could be at risk for a landfall. Even if the storm tracks east and does not cause a landfall, it is still expected to bring significant rain, winds and coastal flooding to much of the East Coast. The location and timing of the storm may vary depending upon its trajectory.  

Five tips to protect your business:  

  • Check the forecast provided by the National Weather Service, http://www.weather.gov/, to stay up-to-date on the latest storm information
  • Board up windows and remove  or tie down exterior equipment
  • Tarp your essential documents to keep them from exposure
  • Take pictures of your property, inventory, roof and all building renovations for claims processing
  • Back-up business-critical information  

Download the Five-day Hurricane and Storm Preparedness Guide and contact your HUB Risk Manager to ensure you’re prepared for the storm. 

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