Hurricane Florence was the biggest hurricane of 2018 in the United States. Began as a tropical storm on September 1 over the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa. It escalated quickly and peaked as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 mph. As it went on it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 over Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Hurricane, Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas. Hurricane Florence damage is estimated to be at $17 to $22 Billion and could go higher. A lot of damage was done by hurricane Florence such as homes being flooded, roofs being torn off or trees falling down on houses and such.
What To Do if You Were Affected by Hurricane Florance?
To start, you need to evaluate how you were affected by the hurricane? One of the ways to do that visually observe the damage. You can see if your house was flooded, the roof was torn off or trees falling down.
What to do if the house is flooded?
- Take Pictures
- Protect Your Health
- Call Your Insurance Company
- Find Out if You’re in a Disaster Area
- Remove Water
- Mitigate Mold Damage
- Secure the Property
What to do if the roof is damaged?
The first thing to do is assess your roof for storm damage. Walk around the home and photograph or take note of any damage. Obvious signs of damage may include dented, torn, curled or missing shingles of your roof.
Check gutters, roofing accessories, and windows. Though your shingles may seem not damaged, dents in gutters and roof vents may point to hidden roof damage.
Inspect the around the home area. Check for fallen tree limbs, broken fences and such.
The final step would be to call a Roofing Contractor you trust. After a storm, there will be a lot of residential roofing contractors competing for your attention. Make sure you choose a contractor you can trust, is fully insured and provides an estimate that replaces your roof using proven products.
What to do with fallen and damaged trees after the hurricane?
If there are damaged trees around your home, what you need to do is see what kind of trees they are. If its small trees, most likely you would be able to take care of them and clear it out yourself. But if the trees that have been damaged by the hurricane are big what you need to do is call a trusted tree removal company. What can the tree company do for you? They can trim up the damaged trees to make them look appealing again. What they can also do is take care of damaged tree stomps. You want to get the best tree stump removal services as possible.
Obviously, it is not easy to recover from a hurricane but, these are the first steps to take in order to begin the recovery process. If these tips helped you out, check out more StarkFeed’s guides and articles.