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Here are the insights insurance pros and policyholders need to know to navigate the 2021 hurricane season.

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flooded parking garage The entrance to a parking garage is seen flooded after Hurricane Irma in Miami, Florida, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Irma smashed into Southern Florida as a Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violent winds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the U.S. was hit by back-to-back major hurricanes. (Photo: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg)

Hurricane Irma is not a distant memory for most of South Florida and yet the next hurricane season officially began on June 1.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its predictions for the 2018 season and the results do not provide much relief for Floridians. The NOAA predicts a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes (meaning category 3, 4, or 5).

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