Hurricanes in the Valley: A Few Things You Should Know About These Dangerous Storms

Hurricanes in the Valley: A Few Things You Should Know About These Dangerous Storms

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends November 30th. For us in the Rio Grande Valley, we’re fortunate to not have to deal with these storms very often, but when one does come our way, it can be disastrous. In the past, we’ve discussed the importance of having coverage and being prepared in case a hurricane strikes our region. In this piece, though, we’d like to do something a bit different by providing some information about hurricanes and the history they’ve made in our area.

Years of Intense Weather

In 1844, a storm dubbed the “Matamoros Hurricane” made landfall in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and made its way towards northern Mexico. In its path, it left an estimated 160 dead and destroyed countless houses. Just a few years later in 1867, a hurricane made landfall at the mouth of the Rio Grande and leveled Brownsville, Matamoros, and Bagdad.

The hurricane of 1933 left Cameron County with $16.9 million in damage and the loss of 40 lives. Of course, we can’t speak of the 20th century without remembering Hurricane Beulah, whose winds were not relatively intense, but its rain created substantial flooding in the area.

Just recently in 2020, Hurricane Hannah made landfall at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It damaged homes, roads, and business from Brownsville all the way to Roma. The damage was so severe that economic losses are estimated to be around $775 million.

Be Proactive

The Rio Grande Valley is, without a doubt, no stranger to hurricanes even though they don’t strike us often. Nonetheless, we should always be prepared, whether that means keeping supplies at home or securing insurance. Our McAllen insurance agency is always ready to help. Contact us to get the coverage you need!

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