TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Weather Service is now expecting the tropical storm churning of Florida's Gulf Coast to become Hurricane Hermine by the time it makes landfall in the early morning hours Friday. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the majority of the state's counties yesterday, and tropical storm watches are in effect for the Carolinas.
"There is still time for the millions of people in the storm's path in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas to take last-minute actions to reduce damage to homes and businesses, and related injuries," said Julie Rochman, president and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). "Many areas are already experiencing heavy rains and higher winds, however, so people should be extremely careful when doing anything outdoors," she cautioned.
IBHS' Last-Minute Checklist for Hurricane Preparedness provides quick steps home and business owners can take to secure their outside surroundings, as well as their windows and doors. In addition, there are several actions people can take now to reduce potential water damage from this storm.
Additional hurricane preparedness information is available at DisasterSafety.org/hurricane.
About The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
IBHS' mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.
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SOURCE Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)