The damage from Hurricane Ida is still being felt by those in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast as they are still without power, water, and unable to get necessary supplies for what could be days or even weeks. Many are still not able to return back to their homes. With the peak of hurricane season being September 10 and continue through November, there are still more storms that could affect Floridians, including Larry, Mindy, and Nicholas. Our Pasco County Hurricane Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to remind everyone to have an emergency plan ready should you need to evacuate for any of the remaining storms for the 2021 hurricane season.
The National Weather Service names the hurricanes for the season alphabetically at the start of hurricane season in June. “I” for Ida was the ninth storm of the season, and “L” is up next with Hurricane Larry, followed by “M” for Hurricane Mindy and “N” for Hurricane Nicholas. Hurricane Larry is anticipated to bring major damage, just liked Hurricane Ida, but as of now Larry is not projected to hit the United States, however it could bring strong rip currents and rain to Florida beaches. Hurricane Larry is being labeled a Category 3 or higher, and growing more intense rather quickly, gaining 35 mph in wind speed in 24 hours or less.
Hurricane Larry could be like Hurricane Ida that quickly went from a Category 1 Hurricane to a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Ida went 85 mph to 150 mph in less than 24 hours. With that level of intensity, it is important for all Floridians to have an emergency plan ready to go in case a hurricane or tropical storm brings about property damage.
The hurricane season for 2021 has been a busy one already, and if you look at what 2020 brought you can see a pattern of more intense storms than ever before. In 2020 the U.S. saw 30 named storms, including 14 hurricanes (7 of which were major storms), 11 named storms that hit the U.S. coastline, and then Greek letters that were used to round out the remainder of the hurricanes and storms for the season.
Storm names for the remainder of the 2021 hurricane season are:
How Do You Handle a Hurricane Claim for Your Home or Business Following a Hurricane or Tropical Storm?
Once a tropical storm or hurricane has damaged your home or business property, you may think that the logical move is to contact your insurance company and then get paid to repair or fix any issues caused by the storm. Sadly, it is not always this simple and you could be met with reluctance from your insurance company to pay you anything for the damages a hurricane brought. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not losing it, so they will often deny claims, even ones that are legitimate. And while your insurance provider may provide you with a lengthy list of reasons why they are denying your claim, our Pasco County Hurricane Claim Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what steps need to be taken in order to secure the financial compensation your hurricane claim deserves.
Our Pasco County Hurricane Claim Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to have a plan of action put in place before hurricane hits so that your interests are protected:
- Create a Hurricane/Tropical Storm Preparedness Plan for your family/business. You can view samples of how to make one personalized for you and your family’s needs
- Take some good before and after pictures of your home and other properties so that you have proof of any damage to present to the insurance company. You will want to take photos of both the interior and exterior. By having these pictures on hand, there can be no discrepancy about the damage in question.
- You will want to contact our Pasco County Hurricane Claims Lawyers at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible after a storm has damaged your property so that we can guide you through the process of filing a successful hurricane or storm damage insurance claim. We will meet with you in a free consultation so that you can better understand what the insurance company may do to limit their liability. We will help you develop the best course of action for your situation and make sure your rights are protected. Call us today in Pasco County at 727-847-2299 or call us statewide at 866-608-5529. You can also contact us online 24/7 online.