Last week, the National Geodetic Survey began collecting aerial damage assessment images for Hurricane Dorian. Imagery is being collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. These images are collected for a variety of reasons, including: aiding safe navigation, capturing damage to coastal areas, and understanding damage to the environment.
According to at least one source, Hurricane Dorian’s worst damage in the U.S. appears to be on Ocracoke Island, which weathered strong winds followed by a wall of water that flooded the first floors of many structures and forced some to await rescue in the upper portions of their homes attics. Gov. Roy Cooper said about 800 people remained on the island to wait out Dorian, which made landfall Friday morning over the Outer Banks. Despite having been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, Dorian sent seawater into homes on Ocracoke, many for the first time in memory.
After slamming the Bahamas, Dorian swept past Florida and Georgia before sideswiping the Carolinas and spinning off tornadoes that peeled away roofs and flipped recreational vehicles. At least four deaths in the Southeast were attributed to Dorian. All were men in Florida or North Carolina who died in falls or by electrocution while trimming trees, putting up storm shutters or otherwise getting ready for the hurricane. North Carolina’s governor on Saturday urged returning residents to be vigilant, as many of the injuries and deaths from previous storms happened during the cleanup process.
Hurricane Dorian Insurance Recovery Lawyers
Insurance cases are some of the most complex cases a law firm can handle. Needless to say, you’ll have little hope of recovery if you try to deal with an insurance company’s adjusters and lawyers on your own. If your home, business, or other property sustained damage in Hurricane Dorian, keep in mind thousands of other Americans also suffered property damage, and their claims are competing with yours. It’s no secret many insurance companies make the claims process difficult for policyholders in order to keep their profit margins healthy. Dorian undoubtedly caused extensive property damage, which will lead to a large numbers of insurance claims being filed.
Once the claims rush begins, many insurance companies and claims adjusters will unfortunately attempt to deal unfairly with policyholders. If Hurricane Dorian affected you or a loved one, find out how our insurance recovery lawyers can help you start the process of rebuilding today.