Tropical Storm Isaac entered the Caribbean Sea and started gaining strength, whipping up 10 foot waves as it approached the U.S. Virgin Islands. There have already been reports of some flooding in the eastern and southern regions of Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Base military officials have cancelled pre-trial hearings for five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks. About 200 people are being evacuated from the Base, including legal teams and relatives of Sept. 11 victims.
Isaac’s Projected Path
Although it is too soon to make accurate predictions for where the storm will actually head next week, press reports are talking about concerns that it may disrupt the Republican Party National Convention to be held from Monday thru Thursday of next week in Tampa, Florida.
According to usatoday.com, the storm is currently centered 165 miles south of Puerto Rico and is expected to strengthen in the warm waters of the Caribbean while on its way to the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Meteorologists say that it could weaken considerably if it heads into the mountainous region of the Dominican Republic, but that remains to be seen because some computer models from the National Hurricane Center in Miami have it continuing South of Hispaniola on its way to Cuba. And those warm Caribbean waters would only strengthen the storm…
As stated before, as it continues trekking west, Isaac is expected to go over two thirds of Cuba. Here again, if Isaac’s path takes it into the mountainous region south of Cuba’s Oriente province, it could weaken considerably. However, it is expected to rapidly regain strength once it goes over the warm waters of the Straight of Florida, with a possibility of it becoming a Category 1 hurricane before it hits land in the United States.
Preparedness Is Essential
Regardless of whether Isaac ends up hitting South Florida or not, it is always a good idea to be prepared for the whole hurricane season before any storm actually approaches us. Consequently, following please find some recommendations that we have come up with based our many years of experience dealing with claims for hurricane damage:
- The best evidence in support of any claim in the event you sustain damage from a storm is through a video and/or photographs. Take the time to walk through your home and capture the condition of your furniture, electronics, art, clothing, tools, collectables, etc., before a storm arrives.
- Prepare your home for a storm by placing shutters, bracings, installing impact resistant windows, or other mitigating measures and photograph those as well. This will assist in showing your homeowners insurance carrier that you deserved the mitigation credits that you received and eliminate a potential denial of coverage. Take plenty of photographs – that’s the wonderful part of being in the digital age!
- Many of our friends informed us that they have scanned their policies and keep them on either a flashdrive or on the cloud. Although this seems like a good idea, you may not have access to a working computer after a storm should we lose electricity or internet service is cut off. Rather, keep a hard copy with you. For an extra layer of protection, give a copy of you policies to a family member or trusted friend who lives in a different county or state.
We Can Help
You should always have an attorney help you review your policy and advise you on what coverage you should have and for how much. If you are about to renew your policy (with the same insurer or a new one), we can help you review it and make sure you are adequately covered and in a position to avoid costly expenses should disaster strike.
Moreover, please note that if your home has already sustained damages, our team of loss consultants, paralegals, and attorneys will assist you in every aspect of your claim. Our loss consultant will even go to your home to evaluate the damage you sustained at no cost or obligation to you. Contact us today for a free inspection by our loss consultant.
With more than 75 years of combined experience, the Miami Dade County Homeowners Insurance Claims Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have helped thousands of Homeowners all over Florida review their policies, present their claims and get the compensation owed them by their insurance carrier. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.