Hurricane Sally Facts
As with any hurricane we know they are unpredictable and unique, and Hurricane Sally was no different. As the storm was making its way toward the Gulf Coast it appeared to be heading straight toward the Louisiana/Mississippi border when it suddenly came to a near a screeching halt just a couple hundred miles offshore. As Sally moved ever so slowly, soaking the Gulf Coast with torrential rain for nearly two days, it drifted more and more northeast and rapidly re-intensified into a category 2 hurricane. Thanks to the unexpected crawl, Sally finally made landfall in the early morning of September 16 at the Alabama/Florida border, in the same place as Hurricane Ivan on its 16th anniversary. This left Pensacola, Perdido Key and the areas extending well past Navarre on the east side of the storm, which is never where you want to be when it comes to a tropical system.
The majority of the damages for property owners occurred in Pensacola, Perdido Key and Navarre, FL along with areas further north like Cantonment, Milton and Pace. The high winds knocked down trees and power poles and blew the roofs and siding off of buildings, but the flooding and storm surge were catastrophic. The rain was measured in feet rather than inches and the streets turned into rivers. Since the initial projections indicated the storm would hit much further west, it left the Florida panhandle with little time to prepare. Thousands were rescued from their flooded homes by boat, and hundreds of thousands were left without power.
What Happens Next?
Now that the flood waters have receded, people are assessing the damages and eager to get their homes and businesses repaired. Due to the widespread damage, many people are filing hurricane claims, and insurance companies will become inundated. Contrary to what they want you to believe, their goal is to protect the company’s bottom line rather than helping their clients. They often do this by downplaying the severity of your claim and try to underpay you before you realize it’s not enough to cover all the damages. This could result in you being forced to pay out of pocket, or worse, not being able to repair your home at all. The insurance company expects you to pay your premiums on time, and you should expect them to reciprocate and uphold their end of the deal to ensure you’re fully indemnified for your claim. In other words, you should be paid the amount you’re entitled to based on your policy, so you can get your home back to the way it was prior to the hurricane.
Enlist the Best, Largest, & LOCAL Public Adjusting Firm
Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster like Hurricane Sally brings its own set of issues and emotional stressors while you are trying to get your life back together. Worrying about your insurance company fairly paying you shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re home has been damaged contact Noble at our Pensacola office. We work on your behalf and stand up to the insurance company to negotiate a higher, and appropriate, claim amount for you. We can take on your claim from the beginning and file it with your insurance company. That way, we’ll be on your side from day one giving you the peace of mind that it will be handled efficiently and professionally. Furthermore, if you’ve already filed a claim and feel you’ve been offered an unfair settlement, you don’t have to accept it! Noble can take on your claim at any point in the process, and even reopen a claim that was unfairly denied or already settled.
Noble’s service is unrivaled to any other public adjuster as we are the largest and only fully staffed public adjusting company in the U.S. that also happens to be local! With Hurricane Michael alone, we helped over 2,000 home and business owners and are already working with many affected by Hurricane Sally. If you are in need of assistance with your hurricane claim, put Noble to work for you so you’re able to focus on getting your home back to its pre-hurricane condition with a settlement that you deserve.