Each named storm puts a new set of communities in its path on alert for floods, winds, power outages, lost businesses, and property damage. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) are expecting to see above-average storm numbers in the Atlantic, despite the uncertainty of whether an El Niño will develop over the summer, which would reduce the number of hurricanes. The forecast is currently for 11 to 17 named storms to form, of which five to nine are expected to become hurricanes, and two to four major hurricanes.
The storm season officially started June 1 and runs until Nov. 30, yet the Atlantic has already seen its first storm. In April, Tropical Storm Arlene formed east of Bermuda, lasted only three days, and did not impact land.
Florida experienced an exceptional 11-year hurricane drought, from 2005 to 2016, during which no hurricanes made landfall in the Sunshine State. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused a total U.S. damage to be roughly $10 billion. There were 585 deaths directly linked to the storm, including 34 in the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.
You know that it is important to have a safety plan, preparedness kit, and extra insurance coverage. Our lawyers specialize in insurance, natural disaster, and construction litigation. Corless Barfield Trial Group understands the rights of policyholders. We can discuss with you best practices in preparing your business for loss stemming from storm damage, tools that can be applied during and after a natural disaster, the differences between first and third party claims, the importance of recordkeeping and inventorying property and goods, and last but certainly not least, handling hurricane insurance.
Homeowners may expect their insurance to cover hurricane and tropical storm damage, but this is not always the case. It is possible to buy additional coverage for flooding and other natural disasters, but even with this extra insurance, homeowners may need law support. Taking the necessary precautions, and speaking to an attorney, can ensure the safety and well being of you and your family this hurricane season.
Corless Barfield Trial Group has a coterie of experts that we work with on a regular basis, including structural engineering specialists, electrical/corrosion engineering experts, and general contractors. We have handled hundreds of storm-related claims in Florida. Contact Corless Barfield Trial Group today at 813-258-4998 to explore your legal options. Our attorneys can help you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and property damage.