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What a weird hurricane season. Here in the waning days, we're getting some action in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ida overview NHC 110909-a I hope that forecasts are correct and Ida will make landfall as a tropical storm instead of a hurricane. Still, the rains associated with these so-called lesser systems often cause more damage and, unfortunately, too many drowning deaths.

So first of all, everyone in Ida's path, take precautions now and stay safe. The mantra "Turn around, don't drown" is true.

If you don't have a full-fledged disaster kit in place, it's probably too late, particularly for food and first aid items. Again, here's hoping that Ida effects will be minimal and you won't need to bandage any minor wounds, read by flashlight or eat only canned goods for very long.

But you still have time to gather up your financial materials and make sure they are protected and handy in case you need them after the storm passes. Hurricane season financial preparations has details on what you can do now.

And remember that if you do suffer property damage in Ida or any other casualty situation, you might be able to get some help from Uncle Sam via your tax return.

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Ida graphic courtesy National Hurricane Center


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