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Idalia is expected to hit Florida as a hurricane

Tropical Storm Idalia Headed to Florida

Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to strengthen into at least a Category 1 Hurricane and strike Florida’s West Coast or Panhandle as early as Tuesday, August 29, 2023. 

“Exactly how Idalia will strengthen, and the path the storm will take is still unclear. What we do know is this storm packs a punch and will likely impact parts of Florida early into the week. The time to prepare is right now,” said Attorney John Tolley of JT Law Firm. 

Idalia has the potential to intensify rapidly.

The National Hurricane Center said, “There’s a notable risk of rapid intensification while the system moves across the record warm eastern and northeastern Gulf of Mexico.”

What can you expect if Idalia becomes a hurricane? 

If Idalia strengthens into a hurricane, it will likely threaten parts of Central Florida up to the Panhandle; however, escaping bands can bring powerful storms throughout the state, including storms with the potential to cause harm to property and people. Seeking shelter and properly preparing for the storm is of the utmost importance right now. 

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts parts of Florida can see up to 10 inches of rain.

Category 1 hurricanes are still powerful storms with devasting power. 

A category 1 hurricane, which is the current prediction for Idalia, has sustained winds between 74-95 mph, but gusts can be well past those numbers. A category 1 hurricane can also spawn tornados and wreak havoc on locally affected communities.

What type of property damage is commonly seen in a category 1 hurricane? 

There’s no accurate way to predict what type of damage a storm may cause because every storm is different. However, sustained winds of 74-95 mph can often cause the following damage:

  • Shingle roof damage
  • Tile roof damage 
  • Siding damage
  • Damage from flying debris
  • Broken windows 
  • Fence damage
  • Large branches may snap from tress
  • Small trees and trees with shallow roots may fall

The potential for tornado damage is present with any hurricane or powerful storm, and damage typically associated with tornadoes can be catastrophic. 

Tip from a hurricane damage lawyer

Before a powerful storm strikes your home, take pictures or videos of your roof. If the storm damages your roof in any way, you’ll have compelling evidence to show your insurance company. By showing them a picture of your roof before it had damage and comparing it with pictures after the storm, you should be able to create a strong case for your claim. 

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