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Hurricane Michael Now Upgraded to Category 5 Hurricane

As Florida residents prepared for the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael, forecasters predicted winds of 155 mph, ranking it as a strong Category 4 hurricane. Storm survivors have long since believed the monster hurricane made landfall at higher than predicted strength.

Now they’ve been proved right.

After analyzing the storm data, Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane by the scientists at the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. Scientists estimate that the storm made landfall with 160 mph winds, which makes the storm a Category 5 hurricane.

What does this mean for storm survivors?

Honestly, this doesn’t change much in terms of filing a property insurance claim. When a Five Star Claims Adjuster or other insurance adjuster files a claim, it’s filed based on the damage to the home or business, not the level of strength a storm is predicted to have had.

On the other hand, residents who have long believed Hurricane Michael was stronger than predicted may feel vindicated by these findings. It’s probably not much comfort to those still waiting for repairs from the 2018 storm, but sometimes knowing you were right does bring some peace of mind.

How many Category 5 hurricanes have struck the United States mainland?

With its new classification, Hurricane Michael becomes the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the US mainland since Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992. Hurricane Michael is the fourth storm to make landfall in the US mainland as a Category 5 hurricane.

When does the 2019 hurricane season begin?

Hurricane season starts June 1st and lasts until November 30th each year, though if you’ve spent many seasons in Florida, you already know storms are no respecter of the season. We’ve had tropical systems pop up before the start of the season or lingering after its official end.

The NOAA National Hurricane Center will release predictions on the level of activity of this storm season in late May. Let’s hope for a quiet season this year!

Five Star Adjusters Are Still in Panama City

Five Star Claims Adjusters are still on the ground in the Panama City area helping Hurricane Michael survivors file insurance claims for damages from the Category 5 storm. You’re still eligible for our help even if you’ve already received an insurance settlement. Or, if you’ve noticed new, previously undetected damages from Hurricane Michael, one of our public adjusters can still assist you with filing an insurance claim. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our licensed public insurance adjusters.