Irma is still giving us nightmares!
When it’s powerful enough, no natural disaster is more damaging than a hurricane. They’re disastrous for homes and the economy alike. Which is why we’re still talking about Hurricane Irma nearly many months after the fact.
Hurricane season starts in early June 1 and lasts until the end of November. Peak hurricane season is between mid-August and mid-October. But when it comes to insurance woes, there’s no timestamp on how long it will take for Florida to forget Irma. Trees fell on houses. Rooftops got blown away. Air conditioners got blown out. Flooding was rampant. Windows got shattered. Power went out. You get the picture, especially if you were in any of the areas she struck.
None More Powerful
She was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Irma was a Category 5 hurricane when she made landfall on the Caribbean in early September. Hurricane Irma spun winds of 185 miles per hour for more than a day, longer than any storm ever recorded. She had a square mileage of 70,000 in tropical storm force winds. Florida is about 65,000 square miles. The diameter of those tropical storm force winds extended 300 miles. Hurricane Irma dwarfed 1992’s Hurricane Andrew in size and speed. So yes, we’re still talking about Hurricane Irma.
For the first time in a century, two hurricanes of Category 4 or higher hit the U.S. mainland in the same year. The other was Hurricane Harvey. Irma also left hundreds of people on the island of Puerto Rico without power before Hurricane Maria came in behind her to finish the job of destroying the U.S. commonwealth. Hurricane Irma was a Category 4 by the time she devastated the Florida Keys, before eyeing her way over to Southwest Florida, specifically Naples.
NOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for Hurricane Irma damage assistance for 48 Florida counties to November 24, so it’s not too late.
Here in Tampa Bay, we got lucky. By the time Irma got here to wreak havoc on our lives, she was downgraded to a Category 1. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t feel her impact here. Millions of people here suffered damage and lost power as well. But by comparison to Southwest Florida, we did alright. Hurricane Irma claimed more than 100 lives. And a large percentage of the death toll came from Florida. So yes, we’re still talking about Hurricane Irma.
More than 6 million people were ordered to evacuate Florida. And some hurricane shelters had to turn people away. Jacksonville experienced some serious flooding. Naples took a direct hit and got the brunt of Irma’s winds in the Sunshine State. The damage to the economy is estimated at over $100 billion. She is said to be the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history, behind Katrina and Harvey.
The severity of hurricane damage depends on several factors that include high winds, storm surge, rainfall, location, time of year and preparedness. Flooding usually claims the most lives and is incredibly destructive to automobiles, homes and businesses.
Insurance and Patience
The insurance claims process can be a frustrating one after a major hurricane. Hurricane Harvey already caused a bottleneck of claims for insurers before Irma hit next. And there was and probably still is a shortage of claims adjusters and public adjusters to help those affected by Hurricane Irma. Naturally, the response has been slow. If you didn’t already know, we’re still helping Hurricane Irma victims months after she struck. So if you need assistance with damage claim insurance; need a public adjuster to evaluate the damage to your home; or need help repairing or replacing a damaged roof, call us at 1-844-949-7223.
A lack of education among Florida residents about their insurance rights and how to process insurance claims after a major disaster is one of the reasons we’re still busy with Irma’s aftermath. People are still at a loss as to what help is available to them.
So if you’re still trying to resolve your insurance claims after the hurricane and need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re here to make sure your damage claim insurance process goes smoothly. So yes, we’re still talking about Irma!