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Tornado Season Extends into July; PCI Says Advance Preparation is the First Line of Defense 

While tornado activity picked up in June, 2018 continues to be a below average year for tornadic activity. However, weather conditions can quickly change which means it is important to stay prepared for severe storms, hail and flooding.

Iowa recently experienced an outbreak of 27 tornadoes that caused damage in Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella. Recent storms produced baseball size hail in Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties, where insured losses could reach $1 billion. Northern Colorado and metro Denver also experienced severe hailstorms causing an estimated $276 million in damage.

To help everyone prepare for the severe weather, PCI urges homeowners, renters and business owners to conduct an annual review of their insurance policies and have a discussion of coverage options with their insurance agent or company. The good news is that most tornado, windstorm, hail and similar severe weather-related losses are covered either by automobile, homeowners, renters or commercial insurance policies. But because tornadoes develop rapidly and with little warning, advance preparation is vital.

PCI's Tornado Headquarters offers vital information for those impacted by tornadoes, as well as preparedness tips for those living in tornado-prone areas. Follow us on Twitter @PCIAA and use #becovered as we continue to provide tips on what to do before and after a tornado.