Is Pennsylvania ready for hurricane season?

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  • Scott Lamar

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A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. The storm spawned tornadoes and dumped rain on an inland march across the US East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast.

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Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

For the 2022 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or more), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or more ), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or greater). NOAA provides these ranges with 70% confidence.

Pennsylvania isn’t on the coast, but that doesn’t mean the state won’t be hit by hurricanes or other severe weather like flooding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance is encouraging Pennsylvanians to prepare for the summer hurricane season.

Acting State Insurance Commissioner Mike Humphreys is on Wednesday Smart talk with more information.



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