Storm Damage – Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West

Florida Keys HurricanesProperty Damage Appraisers Complete, Inc would like to announce the opening of our Hurricane Irma office to better serve our existing insurance customers and select property owner clients. We opened up at mile marker 97 at the top of The Florida Keys for easy access to the Miami airport as well as the proximity of many of our clients in South Florida. This office will have an ability to offer appraisal services as well as provide thermal imaging, USAS drone aerial inspections on site. Our team can reach out to much of South Florida and all of the Keys with no delay in scheduling. The short drive across Alligator Alley and we can also quickly get to Naples and Marco Island.

Ray Gonzalez is managing this office for Complete Inc and his 25 years in the industry has led to clients from Cudjoe Key to Biscayne Bay over to Marco Island embracing his advice. Ray and his team have a tons of experience working hurricanes Andrew, Ivan, Katrina, Opal, and Fran. After every storm we gain more of an understanding of building techniques, materials and the methods of a particular area.  The Key Largo office has taken a lead on tile procurement for our team chronicling every tile in every old tile yard in the state. What we saw back in October of 2017 when I started this process has changed over dozens of times and the tile salvage yards have gotten a lot busier.

 

Florida Keys Hurricanes:

Florida Keys Hurricane Details:

Hurricane Andrew – August 1992

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 hurricane that struck the Atlantic region in August 1992. The areas that were most devastated by Andrew were The Bahamas and South Florida. Other areas in the Southern United States were also impacted, such as Louisiana.

When Andrew hit South Florida, it did so at some of the highest sustained wind speeds that have been seen. The hit on South Florida occurred when Andrew was moving at sustained wind speeds of 165 miles per hour. It went right through the major regions of Florida, including what is now Miami-Dade County.

The total damage done to the U.S. due to Andrew totaled $27 billion. Around 63,500 homes were completely destroyed, while another 124,000 were damaged by the storm. It took months for the people in the region to recover and reach some semblance of a normal life after the storm.

When the storm first hit The Bahamas, the government had believed they would be okay. However, the storm caused such devastation that foreign governments began sending aid almost immediately. The United Kingdom played a key role in providing food, water and other supplies. A significant decline in tourism for the next 6 to 12 months also hurt the islands.

Hurricane Opal – September 1995

Hurricane Opal was a Category 4 hurricane that caused significant damage on the northern Gulf Coast of the United States. Opal struck the nation in October 1995, with its wind speeds reaching a high of 150 miles per hour as it built up to landfall.

It was the strongest storm of the 1995 season in the Atlantic and caused devastation in other areas besides the United States. Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula and Ontario were also impacted during various stages of the storm’s progression. When it did first make landfall in the United States, it hit the Florida Panhandle with winds of around 115 miles per hour.

Serious damage from the storm began in Mexico and Guatemala, the two areas that would suffer significant loss of life. 31 people passed away in Guatemala because of the storm, while 19 died in Mexico. There were 13 deaths in the United States as well.

The total financial cost of the storm totaled higher than $4.7 billion, at 1995 estimations. Most of the financial cost hit the United States Gulf Coast states, such as Florida. In fact, Opal still ranks as one of the most severe storms to make landfall in the United States, placing fifth on the rankings along with Camille and Katrina.

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