Bunches of friends were at the beach this weekend when Tropical Storm Beryl dumped rain and apparently a lot of blowing sand on families trying to enjoy the beach.
“SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The remains of Tropical Storm Beryl soaked beach vacations and some Memorial Day remembrance services in southern Georgia and northern Florida on Monday and knocked out power to tens of thousands, though emergency officials said it hasn’t brought any major damage.”
“The storm made landfall just after midnight Monday near Jacksonville Beach in Florida with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. Sustained winds had died down to about 35 mph (55 kph), leading forecasters to downgrade the storm to a tropical depression and cancel all warnings and watches less than 11 hours after it made land….”
Beryl is just the start of Hurricane season on the Atlantic coast, which runs from May 15 to Nov. 30, and I am wondering how concerned are you when you plan your family vacations during this time? Do you even think about the possibility of hurricanes hitting? Do you try to go to beaches where they traditionally haven’t hit in the past? And the big question:
Do you take the trip insurance that covers you in case a hurricane hits and you have to be evacuated? (I believe that usually it doesn’t just cover the threat of a storm. Usually you have to go and be evacuated to get your money back.)
I don’t think we have ever taken the hurricane insurance. I’ve always felt pretty safe going to Hilton Head. The few times we went to Wilmington, N.C., I worried more. We were there one time when a storm was down the coast a little way and the water was too choppy to even go in. (But insurance wouldn’t have helped that.)
Are you thinking at all about hurricanes when you plan your summer vacations? Are you taking the hurricane insurance? Do you know what to do in case of a hurricane while at your beach condo?