Florida is notorious for having hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer months, which can cause severe damage to your home. When your home gets destroyed, it is very possible to lose many of valuables that mean a lot to you. That’s why it is extremely important to claim the losses of your home and valuables. Todd Claim Service will work closely with your insurance agency to complete an inspection of your home after a terrible storm.
Categories of Hurricanes
After evolving from a tropical depression, and tropical storm, a hurricane can increase from a category 1 to a category 5. Generally most hurricanes start to form near the eastern coast of Africa and start to make their towards the US.
Category 1 hurricane winds can range anywhere from 74 to 95 mph. This type of wind speed will more than likely cause some minor damage to your property. People and animals are generally safe as long as shelter is sought out and you are well protected. Power outages are also very common during category 1 hurricanes due to the fact that power lines can snap from the wind.
Category 2 hurricane winds can range anywhere from 96 to 110 mph. The damage to your property can be more intense; you can also expect more debris to be present so make sure your animals are not outside. Power outages are also expected but with a category 2, which may last longer than outages during a category 1. The power could be out for just a few days or even longer than a week. Damage to your home is also more likely to occur, especially in apartments and mobile homes.
Category 3 hurricanes have winds from 111 to 130 mph. These winds can cause significant damage to your home and property. Shelter is also very important because this could be deadly for people and animals. It is also very common to not have electricity and water for several days. It is recommended to fill your bathtub full of water before a storm hits just in case water is needed.
Category 4 winds can reach anywhere from 131 to 155 mph. These winds can cause catastrophic damage to your home or property. Evacuation might need to be considered because these winds can destroy well-structured buildings. Power and water may also not be available for weeks or even close a month.
Category 5’s winds can reach from 155 mph or more. Evacuation is highly recommended by the local officials. This powerful storm will destroy almost anything in its path. Power and water will more then likely not be available for several weeks or months.
When these storms come rolling through, they will cause damage. Safety is important, make sure to protect yourself and family members that could be involved. Also, if there is catastrophic damage to your home, do not for get to file a claim with your home insurance agency.
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