Fort Myers was one of the most heavily damaged communities that suffered the ravages of Hurricane Ian. Countless people in the Fort Myers area have been adversely affected by the hurricane. Even one of our own offices sustained damage from the storm. Here’s what you should know about hurricane damage.
Understanding Hurricanes and the Damage They Cause
Hurricanes are powerful storms that can have devastating effects on coastal communities. A hurricane’s high winds and heavy rains can cause flooding, knock out power for days, and destroy homes. The danger of hurricanes comes from the risk of their unpredictable escalation; no one knows how strong or widespread a hurricane will become until it hits land.
Hurricanes also tend to occur in the same areas every year, which makes preparation even more important. In the event of a hurricane, you may lose access to utilities such as heat, water, and electricity.
Depending on your home’s structural integrity, you may also suffer damage from flying debris or rising water levels. In addition to these physical effects of a hurricane, there are other consequences that are less obvious but no less important. These include psychological stressors such as anxiety or depression caused by the stress of dealing with a natural disaster.
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Basics of a Hurricane
Hurricanes form in tropical regions, usually where the warm waters of the ocean come into contact with cooler air. The state of Florida has more hurricanes on average than any other state. These storms build up tremendous energy over warm water, and they inevitably travel to the land as they intensify. A hurricane’s winds are incredibly destructive because they are sustained and very strong.
A typical tropical cyclone might have winds of around 100 miles per hour, but these winds are only experienced near the center of the storm. Meanwhile, the surface winds of a hurricane extend up to 100 miles away from the eye of the storm. The strong winds associated with hurricanes are caused by large changes in air pressure. Winds will also change direction and speed based on the presence of any nearby bodies of water.
Hurricanes can cause widespread flooding as a result of intense, prolonged rainfall. The pressure of a hurricane’s winds can drive water from nearby bodies of water inland, causing river levels to rise and lakes to overflow.
If a hurricane’s rainfall is heavy enough, it can also cause flooding from broken drainage systems or other structural failures. Hurricane-related flooding can damage buildings and their contents, as well as nearby infrastructure, such as power lines. Flooding can also result in severe health risks, such as waterborne disease.
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Hurricanes can cause structural damage to buildings, including roof damage, broken windows, and flooding. Roofs can be damaged by high winds, heavy rain, or flying debris, such as trees or branches torn from their roots by strong gusts of wind.
Winds can also nudge loose roof tiles or shingles off their places, or even lift a roof entirely off a house if it is not properly anchored. Broken windows allow rainwater to enter a building and can cause structural damage if left untreated for too long. Flooding can cause similar problems and must be treated as quickly as possible, preferably with a wet vacuum to prevent mold growth.
Destruction of Property
The next time you head out to the grocery store, keep an eye out for things that are not where they should be. If you see water lines on the walls or items that were once on shelves now on the floor, you know you were in the eye of the hurricane.
If you’re in a hurricane’s path, you can expect to see damage to buildings and other structures, including broken power lines and fallen trees. You may also experience disruptions to public transportation, local services such as schools and libraries, and communication networks, such as cellular or internet service.
Why You Should Document the Damage
In the aftermath of a hurricane, you may find that your insurance company denies your claim for damages. It is important to document the damage as accurately as possible and retain third-party witnesses wherever possible. You should also take photos of the damage from several different angles and include close-ups of any affected areas.
Remember that insurance companies are in the business of minimizing their risk, so they may not be entirely honest about the extent of the damage as they interpret it. Documenting the damage is the best way to make sure you are fully compensated for the financial losses you have sustained as a result of a hurricane.
We Are in This Together, an Anidjar & Levine Office in Fort Myers Was Damaged by the Hurricane
Hundreds of thousands of people are picking up the pieces as they recover from Hurricane Ian. If your property has been damaged or destroyed by the hurricane, we want you to know that you are not alone. The office at our Fort Myers location suffered from flood damage and had 4 feet of water inside. It’s important for Floridians to understand that we are all in this together.
Hurricane Ian ranks as the fifth most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the United States. With so many people affected by the storm, the best thing we can do is to stand together in solidarity as we all recover from the extensive damage that Hurricane Ian left behind. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are dedicated to the local communities we serve as we have always been.
Hurricanes are powerful tropical cyclones that can cause extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Remember, it’s important to document all damage clearly and accurately.
If you want to keep your home safe from hurricanes, it’s important to take precautions before the storm hits. Install hurricane shutters, new doors, repair any broken roof tiles or shingles, and trim trees or other vegetation in your yard so they don’t pose a hazard to your property.
Struggling with a hurricane damage claim after Hurricane Ian? The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Help.
Our injury attorneys assist people in Florida who have been affected by the ravages of Hurricane Ian. We can help you navigate the claims process and keep your insurance company in check while fighting for fair compensation on your behalf.
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