Most homes on or close to a major body of water like the Gulf of Mexico, or the Myakka River, are excellent candidates for a home generator. Owning a generator allows the homeowner to be completely powered up and off the grid the next time a major storm or hurricane-force winds and flooding take out the power for days, potentially weeks. In the case of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the superstorm destroyed a substantial portion of the New York/New Jersey seaboard, and knocked out power for millions of homes for weeks.
It took 14 DAYS for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supply generators to needy residents’ apartments in the Rockaways on the south shore of Long Island, where it was freezing AND flooded. And keep in mind the Superstorm Sandy affected 24 states, and cost over $17 billion. In 2004, when Hurricane Charley ravaged Southwest Florida. The Charlotte Regional Medical Center clocked winds of 172 m.p.h., while Saint Joseph’s Hospital had its roof blown off by the storm’s ferocity. Some of the most serious damage was in Boca Grande as well as Punta Gorda.
Hurricane season is fast approaching, and this season is predicted to bring the Gulf Coast some action with respect to Tropical Storms.
“There WILL be (power) outages” and we just hope that they aren’t “a week or longer,” said FPL’s director of operations, solidifying the notion that we Floridians are in for the most active Hurricane Season since 2012. (Weather Channel, 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to be Most Active Since 2012)