Beryl Portends a Harsh Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?

Hurricane Beryl is breaking records as the first hurricane of the season. Do you have the insurance you need?

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The first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane season, Hurricane Beryl, made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas early on July 8, 2024, as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved across the state. With it came damaging winds of 80 mph, flash flooding and a life-threatening storm surge — leaving 2.2 million without power in the Houston region. Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, as the storm travels inland.

Beryl is exceptional in two ways.

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Erin Bendig
Personal Finance Writer

Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.