Friday, August 30, 2019

Governor Extends State Emergency in Florida in Advance of Hurricane Dorian

On August 29, 2019, Governor Rick DeSantis issued Executive Order number 19-190 that extended the state of emergency in Florida to cover every county in the state. Hurricane Dorian is now predicted to be a Category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida sometime this weekend. If that prediction is accurate, it would be the most powerful hurricane to strike the East Coast of Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Early predictions paint a potential insurance exposure that could approach $145 Billion. As with Hurricane Michael which struck the panhandle of Florida in October of 2018, our previous discussions related to business interruption and concurrent causation in Florida may be relevant to claims that arise from Hurricane Dorian.