Noble Public Adjusting Group makes sure to keep our blog readers completely up-to-date on severe weather that might threaten your safety, your home, or place of business. This is Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and we want to alert our Florida readers to the strong possibility of severe storms, damaging winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes due to hit Florida today.
Following severe storms that produced several tornadoes and tore a path of destruction through Jacksonville, Alabama, on Monday, residents from Florida to coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina should be on alert for severe weather on Tuesday. “Much like the storms on Monday, these storms will be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and even a couple of tornadoes,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.
Here is just one example of the destruction wrought on Jacksonville, Alabama. Jacksonville State University received major damage from this early spring storm.
Large hail is a big player in this severe storm system due to hit Florida on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Another danger is the strong possibility of localized flooding due to continuous, heavy rain.
Florida cities that are within Tuesday’s threat zone include Jacksonville, Clearwater, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Tampa, and Orlando. If you live in these areas, there are precautions you can take to protect your home, family, and business. Noble has listed the following thunderstorm safety tips, courtesy of the Department of Public Safety:
Act Now to be Prepared
Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery operated radio and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Emergency food and water.
- Non-electric can opener.
- Essential Medicines.
- Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.
During the Storm
Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
- Move to a sturdy building or car. Do Not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
- If lightning occurs and a sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up.
- Get out of boats and away from water.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones only in an emergency.
- Do not take a bath or shower.
- Turn off air conditioners. Power can overload the compressors.
- Get to higher ground if flash flooding or flooding is possible. Do Not attempt to drive to safety. Most flash flooding deaths occur in automobiles.
If you are caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby:
- Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
- If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
- If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible; minimize your contact with the ground.
After the Storm
- Check on neighbors who may require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
- Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
- Continue to monitor the weather and your local media for latest weather updates.
We want Noble blog readers to be safe during this storm that is on it’s way to Florida. We also want you to know that Noble Public Adjusting Group is the preferred public adjuster for these areas of Florida. If your home or business in Florida suffers hail damage or other damages, such as damage from high winds, or flooding as the result of this severe weather, contact Noble and let us file your insurance claim. As a policyholder, you deserve the best treatment and the largest settlement possible to return your home or business to its pre-loss condition. The fact is, by using a public adjuster, policyholders receive on average 747% more as an insurance settlement than if they had handled a claim themselves.
Call Noble today if you have any questions about this blog post, the upcoming storm, and if you want us to handle filing your insurance claim if your home or place of business is affected by this upcoming Florida storm.
Noble Public Adjusting Group
107 Amar Place Suite 103
Panama City Beach (West End), FL 32413