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Hurricane warnings threaten Gulf Coast

Posted On Tue, August 28, 2012

As Tropical Storm Isaac draws nearer to the Gulf Coast, residents of the threatened region are wondering whether or not they will be evacuated, and if they'll be covered by their insurance policies.

The storm, expected to hit the coast on Monday night and stretch through Wednesday, is not currently a hurricane, but is quickly gaining speed and strength as it heads toward the United States. Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have all declared states of emergency. Governor Robert Bentley, of Louisiana, has ordered citizens situated on the coast - most notably, New Orleans - to evacuate starting at 8pm, August 27th.

Distressed residents are reminded of recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when many homeowners were shocked to find that their standard homeowners insurance policies did not cover hurricane and flood damage.

Earlier this summer, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donnelly advised residents to look over their policies to ensure full coverage as the hurricane season began. Unfortunately, hurricane and flood insurance rates in that region are so high that many homeowners opt to stick with standard homeowners policies.

Now, as Isaac looms, there is little homeowners can do but hope for the best and purchase the correct protection for next season.

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