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Nearly Two Million Homes Face Hurricane Risk

Report shows many homes at risk for major storm damage in the coming hurricane season

Atlanta, GA, 5/6/2011 – According to a report released this week, more than 1.8 million homes along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are at considerable risk for hurricane damage, more than three times the number located in federally defined flood zones.

CoreLogic’s report, released Tuesday, considered the potential impact of storm surge, the damage caused by water and flying debris as the result of strong winds.  Over two thirds of the homes listed in the report call outside of FEMA flood zones.

Locations mentioned specifically in the report include Virginia Beach, VA; New Orleans, LA; Long Island NY; and Miami, FL.   The report results were based on computer simulations of a hurricane striking a given area, coupled with residential density rates, elevation, levees and barriers, and coastal water depths.

The report also identified areas most susceptible to a direct hit by a major Category 5 storm, with Florida and Texas proving the most vulnerable.   Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach, and Tampa were listed as the most high risk areas. 

In the last ten years, eight Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the Atlantic Ocean, Carribean Sea, and Gulf Of Mexico, and researchers say there is a 72 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will strike the US coast this year.

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