While it has remained quiet on the east coast so far this hurricane season, it appears mother nature is waking up and sending a few storms in the direction of the U.S. in the coming days. Hurricane Florence is the first storm that is scheduled to make landfall and it may develop into a much more severe storm than that it currently is. According to AJC, Hurricane Florence became a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds early Monday morning and those may intensify as the days go on. Meteorologists are predicting that Hurricane Florence could grow into a Category 4 hurricane with winds churning at 130 mph.
In the past, it was rather common for hurricanes that followed the same track as Hurricane Florence to shift and turn back out to sea, however, experts aren’t convinced that will happen this time around. It appears Florence will likely make landfall sometime on Friday although the exact timing hasn’t yet been confirmed as there is still time for the storm to strengthen, speed up, or change its projected path.
South Carolina Under State of Emergency
South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, says AJC, which means now is the time for residents to prepare as the storm is projected to affect various states along the east coast, especially South Carolina. Now, because the state of SC isn’t usually impacted by hurricanes, especially those the size of Florence, below we are sharing a few preparation tips for individuals living in the state that might be unaware of what they need to do.
Hurricane Preparation Tips
First things first, the time to prepare is now. Waiting a day or so before the store is scheduled to hit will leave you scrambling for essential items and you may not have time to board up and protect your home. So, here are some of the steps you will want to begin taking now before it is too late.
- Gather hurricane supplies that will last you at least three days. This should include things like water, non-perishable foods such as canned foods and others that don’t require refrigeration.
- Purchase batteries, flashlights, candles, lighters, matches, first aid kits, and any other supplies you might need in the event your power is knocked out.
- If someone in your family relies on medication, be sure you stock up on a supply of it before the storm hits as you won’t be able to get any more until it has passed and pharmacies begin opening back up.
- Begin boarding up any windows with plywood or closing your shutters. In the event all the plywood is sold out, place strips of tape across your window to help prevent the shattering of glass in the event they break during the storm. You will also want to declutter drains and gutters and install check valves in plumping to prevent backups, says the Department of Homeland Security.
- If you are living in an area that has been evacuated, be sure to follow your counties warnings and announcements. It is best not to wait until the last minute if you are planning to leave the state before the storm hits. Many others will be doing the same and you wouldn’t want to be stranded on the highway.
- Stock up on gas and gas cans as the stations will soon be swarming will others looking to do the same. Not only will this lead to long wait times to fill your tank, but you might find that some gas stations may run out of gas.
- Have an emergency plan in place for you and your family in the event flooding occurs. You will want to have somewhere higher up you can go to.
- Place your important documents in a safe place.
- Keep all your electronic devices charged and sign up for your community’s warning system so that you can keep track of what is happening with the storm if your electricity is knocked out and you can’t follow on your television.
Now would also be a good time to review with an insurance agent what steps you will need to take following the storm in the event your home sustains damage and you need to file a claim.
With hurricane season at its peak, everyone who lives in states that are prone to being hit must take action now. Aside from worrying about Hurricane Florence, you should also be aware that two other storms have already formed, Tropical Storm Helene and tropical depression nine, which means you will want to be paying close attention to weather updates over the next few weeks.
Something else that is important to be mindful of is what insurance coverage you have so that after the storm, you know what you will and won’t be reimbursed for in terms of damage. Our South Carolina insurance attorneys have seen it time and time again where an insurance claim was denied simply because the homeowner thought they had coverage but didn’t. However, they have also witnessed homeowners having their claims denied following a storm because the insurance company made a mistake.
So, if you find yourself dealing with either scenario after Hurricane Florence hits, contact USAttorneys.com and let us connect you with a reputable insurance claim denial lawyer in SC who will be there to help you resolve the issue.