The 2018 Hurricane Season (so far) – Hurricanes Michael and Florence
October 26, 2018
Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde storm in September that caused severe damage in the Carolinas. Much of the damage was a result of freshwater flooding from the torrential rains. The sixth named storm, third hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Florence originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the west coast of Africa.

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States (in terms of barometric pressure drop). It was also the strongest in terms of maximum sustained wind speed to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. Five states have declared emergencies in some or all of their counties due to Hurricane Michael: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

As a consulting firm whose employees spend a great deal of time investigating “disasters,” we understand that recovery will be a long process for everyone involved, fraught with unique challenges and complications. Exponent staff have assisted insurers, utilities, corporations, and public agencies with hurricane response issues for over 25 years. With expertise spanning more than 30 disciplines and industries, our engineers and scientists in 20 U.S. offices stand ready to support our clients determine contributing causes of damage (wind, water, defect…), assess the health and environmental effects, and identify the most appropriate responses.