The latest update from the Weather Channel advises “Hurricane Matthew is blasting eastern Florida’s Space Coast, and is poised to deliver a punishing combination of storm surge flooding, rainfall flooding and destructive winds in northeast Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and southern North Carolina into the weekend.” https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-matthew-bahamas-florida-georgia-carolinas-forecast
Hurricane Damage to Your Home or Business
Wind and Rain Intrusion Damage: With the coast line getting hammered with Category 1 and 2 winds, there will be a great deal of property damage for insurance companies to contend with. Just look at this video simulation of the Saffir-Simpson scale and you will understand even Cat 1 winds can wreak havoc on buildings—especially roofs. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php And, with the barrage of rain expected to continue, water intrusion becomes a problem. This doesn’t even begin to cover the tornadoes the storm is spawning.
Storm Surge Damage: Northeast Florida faces significant dangers from storm surge. It will be important for victims of flood and wind to bring in experts early on who are experienced in separating wind and flood damages. We are consulting with engineers and building envelope experts who are prepared to evaluate the area next week. Check out this USA Today article with the latest update on Hurricane Matthew’s damage and video demonstration of how storm surge works. https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/10/07/hurricane-matthew-what-we-know-friday/91713738/
The condominiums, businesses and homeowners we represented after Hurricanes Opal, Ivan, Charley, Frances, Jeanne and Wilma know all too well the far reaching effects of a storm like Matthew—even if you are not directly in the eye wall. Our firm will once again be working with engineers and building envelope experts to assist our clients in evaluating and allocating he wind and flood damages in order to assist them in getting full recovery from their insurers.