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Greatest Threat to Lives and Property is Water, Not Wind, Says Meterologist

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Atlantic Storm season starts June 1st and while a lot of attention is given to the winds packed by hurricanes, that's not the only peril. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the latest data from hurricane or tropical related fatalities is striking.

"More than 8 out of ten fatalities are from water-related hazards; storm surge, inland flooding, coastal hazards. It's a myth that the wind causes the most fatalities during a tropical storm. It's most likely the water that will threaten lives and property", said Huffman.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many of those who perished during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 drowned when their homes flooded.

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