Hurricane Sandy: Homeowners Get Screwed
Mark my words. This is about to be huge news and everyone related to the National Weather Service and the insurance industry is going to want to bury it. Since the National Hurricane Center did not issue Hurricane warnings for Sandy, residents on the coast line from Virginia to New England are left out to dry.
Essentially, the National Hurricane Center left that issuance of the hurricane warnings to local offices who applied their own judgement and criteria as to whether Sandy was a Hurricane or Post-Tropical Storm at the time of landfall. The storm made landfall in NJ at 8pm with winds of 80 mph which on wind speed alone qualifies as a Category 1 Hurricane.
From the National Hurricane Center website:Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.
Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Action: During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.
Now because Sandy was expected to lose tropical characteristics before landfall, the NHC released a press statement explaining their decision on 10/27/2012.
This all smells bad to me. There was so much on the line for insurance companies with millions of customers in major northeast metro areas impacted by this storm. I think this story will grow in coverage in the coming days as homeowners go to make claims and are turned away.