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Study ranks Leesburg safest city from hurricanes
Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 6:00 am
LEESBURG — Where is the safest place to be in Florida when hurricane season kicks off Monday?
HomeInsurance.com, an online rate quote provider, looked at Florida cities and ranked Leesburg No. 1 as the safest city from a hurricane, according to a report released Thursday.
HomeInsurance.com analysts looked at all hurricane, tropical storm and flooding events statewide as identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Storm Events Database from 1965 to 2014.
A scorecard was then created where the number of each city’s total storm events got 35 percent of the score, storm event-related deaths got 25 percent, storm event-related incidents of property damage got 25 percent and storm event-related injuries got 15 percent. A score of 20 possible points was created, with 0 as the best score and 20 the worst.
Leesburg scored a 0.3.
“Leesburg ranked No.1 on the list due to having zero occurrences of hurricanes and tropical storm events and low occurrences of flooding during the period,” Michelle Billick, of HomeInsurance.com, said in an email.
Orlando (0.9 percent and Sanford (1.4 percent) were ranked the No. 2 and No. 3 safest cities. At the bottom of the list were Fort Myers (17.3 percent) and Panama City (18.7 percent).
On average, six hurricanes develop in the Atlantic Ocean each year, with three of them becoming major hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.
Water, not wind, concerns hurricane experts the most
A car drives south on a flooded Ocean Boulevard after it drove past barricades warning of the high water Sunday, May 10, 2015, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
AP/The Sun News
By Harold Bubil
Halifax Media Services
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.Last Modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.
ORLANDO — After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and again after Florida's murderer's row of storms in 2004 and 2005, the Sunshine State toughened its building codes to minimize wind damage to structures.
Those codes have not been tested much in the past decade. But where high winds have occurred, new houses have held together.
Now the National Hurricane Center and Florida's emergency managers, attending the Governor's Hurricane Conference here this week, are turning their attention to storm surge and other high-water risks brought on by tropical systems.
It is water, not wind, that causes the most hurricane-related deaths, conference attendees were told Wednesday.
After nine hurricane-free years in Florida, the program is one more weapon in the war against complacency.
"Florida has 3 million new residents since our last impact in 2005, Hurricane Wilma," said Dennis Feltgen, public affairs officer at NOAA.
"We keep pounding the message," he added. "There is a lot of extraneous noise and headlines of 'slow season, boring season.' It's only slow and boring if you don't get hit. Don't get distracted. Plan the same every year, regardless of what the seasonal outlook says."
Echoing the earlier predictions of Colorado State University weather scientist Phil Klotzbach, AccuWeather said it expects a below average season, with eight named tropical storms — four of them hurricanes and one of them major.
Still, AccuWeather's forecasters predicted two or three of them will make landfall in the U.S., compared with one last year.