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Winter Storm Pax reminds home and auto owners the importance of insurance

Posted On Mon, February 10, 2014

The United States has had a tough winter thus far. Two polar vortexes and weeks of insistent cold weather have left many cities without power. Home and vehicle owners are realizing the importance of their insurance policies, as claims typically rise in times of inclement weather. And while many thought the worst of was over, there is still more to come. 

Winter Storm Pax is on its way to hitting the South, with snow and sleet likely to affect places that are not used to such weather. 

"The impacts from Winter Storm Pax will gradually increase over the next few days," said Nick Wiltgen, a Weather.com meteorologist. "Already Monday morning there is some light freezing rain over parts of west-central Texas. We're expecting more significant icing farther east over Louisiana and Mississippi late Monday night and Tuesday, and then an even bigger ice storm from Georgia to the Carolinas Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Georgia will likely take the brunt of the winter weather. Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 45 counties. Schools in Atlanta City and Cobb County will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The extreme conditions are actually nothing new in the Peach State. Just last week, motorists were stranded and public transportation was shutdown after the state was hit with less than three inches of snowfall. And while many were upset with officials for their unpreparedness, the storm is a new question of concern. Deal said in a news conference that emergency responders are on high alert and preparations have been made. It appears Georgia and its neighboring states will face most of the wrath of Winter Storm Pax, according to experts. 

"There is the potential for a major ice storm from northern Georgia to central and upstate South Carolina to central North Carolina Tuesday night and Wednesday," said Mark Mancuso, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc.

Those on the highways should be especially careful while navigating icy roads and homeowners should take necessary precautions in the event they lose power. The latest weather conditions are serving as a reminder that having a plan in place is the best way to avoid disaster. 

Past weather this season
The winter weather that is on its way to the South is nothing new in what has been a cold and snowy season. Winter Storm Pax is 1 of 16 storms to receive a name this season, and winter isn't over yet.

According to a report from Bloomberg, as a result of the two storms that hit the Northeast a week ago, as many as 800,000 homes and business were left without power from Ohio to New York. Philadelphia accounted for most of the outages. The report also noted that the weather also caused 6,500 flights to be canceled. 

This came at the same time the Midwest was being hit by its second polar vortex of the season - where frigid temperatures swept down from the north - temperatures reached nearly 30 below in Chicago with wind chill.

As the United States has been widely effected by the winter weather, home and auto owners are being reminded of the importance of insurance. Whether they are in a fender bender from slippery roadways or roof damage from icy precipitation, it's winter weather conditions like these that likely lead to claims. 

Car and home insurance rates can be found online, ensuring consumers know the exact cost and coverage at the click of button. Finding a policy that fits a tight budget or beefing up on homeowners insurance at the end of winter has never been easier.

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