Hurricane Ian and Its Impact on Florida

Hurricane Ian and Its Impact on Florida

On September 28, 2022, the United States was hit with one of the most powerful hurricanes seen in decades. Later named Hurricane Ian, the storm forced more than 2 million residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast to undergo evacuation orders as it set out to destroy land all across the southeastern parts of the United States. Although the entire region was not affected as severely as others, states like Florida, North, South Carolina, and Virginia were left facing significant losses once the storm passed.

What You Should Know About Hurricane Ian

Five days after a category one storm named Hurricane Fiona, landed in Puerto Rico, hurricane Ian formed as a tropical storm over the central Caribbean sea.

Key Facts:

  • Behind Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ian is the second deadliest storm to hit the U.S.
  • When making its initial landfall, Hurricane Ian left the entire island of Cuba without power on September 27, 2022.
  • Ian's top maximum recorded wind speed was 155mph when recorded hours before the hurricane ended.
  • On September 28, 2022, Ian made landfall as a category four storm west of Fort Myers, Florida.
  • The hurricane has reportedly killed at least 101 people- 92 in Florida, five in North Carolina, and three in Cuba.
  • Ian is one of four category five stones to land in the U.S. with recorded wind speeds of 155 mph or greater.
  • After waking to a tropical storm, Ian regained strength over the Atlantic Ocean and curved, reaching parts of south Carolina.
  • On September 30, 2022, as a category one hurricane, Ian made its final landfall with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph near Georgetown, South Carolina.

Being More Prepared

Hurricane Ian came as a shock to many people residing in the affected areas. Experiencing a hurricane can be scary and, without the proper knowledge or preparation, can often become life-threatening. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones during a hurricane, it's essential to do the following:

  • Stay informed
  • Gather information
  • Be aware of the risk and how to best avoid them
  • Look out for others in need of help

Speak With a Professional

People living in areas more likely to experience tropical storms and hurricanes, it's always recommended to have a skilled professional on your side. Things like injury or property damage are only partially avoidable, regardless of how well-prepared you are. Establishing a relationship with an attorney you trust before a hurricane can help ensure you are fully protected and know how to move forward if ever negatively impacted. Hurricane attorneys can:

  • Provide legal advice and representation if necessary
  • Help you understand your rights and policy
  • Make sure you are getting a good deal on your insurance claim
  • Hold insurance companies accountable and ensure you are getting paid the money you deserve
  • Offer any support you may need during this time

We Can Help You

With years of experience helping hurricane victims, our attorneys here at Vernon Litigation Group, understand the challenging times you may face. We have helped thousands of victims of hurricane damage across the state of Florida, and we are here to help you get back on your feet too. Don't hesitate to give us a call, as our firm offers free no, obligation consultations where you can sit down with a team member and discuss the details of your case.

Never feel like you have to fight your legal battles alone. Contact our attorneys today at (239) 319-4434 or visit us online to fill out a contact form and get started with scheduling your consultation.