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Five Star handles commercial property damage for HOAs and Condo Associations
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Five Star Assists with insurance claims for damage done to homes, condos, and commercial buildings.
Advantages to hiring a public adjuster in the Tampa - St. Pete area
Insurance Professionals with YOUR Best Interest at Heart
When you submit an insurance claim for damage to your home or business, your insurance company sends out an adjuster who inspects and evaluates your loss, recommends a settlement, AND looks out for your insurance company's best interests. Five Star Claims Adjusting works for you, NOT for your insurance company.
We are Public Adjusters who look out for YOUR best interests. We, your Public Adjusters, will prepare, file, and negotiate the maximum dollar settlement for your insurance claim. We make sure you get the best possible insurance settlement.
Schedule a FREE property inspection, even if you don't have damage! Getting a property inspection BEFORE hurricane season will give you peace of mind that your property is in good shape going into storm season.
If you have a commercial property or are part of an HOA or Condo Association, you will receive a Certificate of Good Condition if no damage was found after our 11-point inspection. This is helpful for the insurance company to know that any storm damage was not previously there.
Five Star Claims Adjusting also performs FREE insurance policy reviews. Be sure that you are aware of your coverage and limitations well BEFORE storm season! Don't wait, have an independent professional check your policy.
Areas Served by Five Star Gulf Coast
The new Five Star Gulf Coast office services from New Port Richie down to Naples, including Fort Meyers, Boca Grande, Cape Coral, Venice, and Marco Island.
History of Hurricane Damage to the Tampa Area
The unusual path of Hurricane Elena in 1985
Created using WikiProject Tropical cyclones/Tracks. The background image is from NASA. Tracking data from the National Hurricane Center., Public Domain, http://bit.ly/2mMOuNm
By Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center.
Surprisingly, Tampa hasn't had a direct hit from a hurricane since 1921! There was an unnamed storm in 1993 that did a lot of damage, and Hurricane Elena parked herself just northwest of the Tampa coast for 48 hours. The hurricanes in 2004 did not end up coming into the Tampa area, but there was some damage from them. As we have seen, you don't need to be in the direct path of a hurricane to sustain damage.
Hurricane Elena Path and Damage to the Tampa Area
Hurricane Elena was an unpredictable and damaging tropical cyclone that affected eastern and central portions of the United States Gulf Coast in late August and early September 1985. The hurricane wrought havoc to property and the environment between southwestern Florida and eastern Louisiana. Initially projected to strike the central Gulf Coast, the hurricane unexpectedly veered toward the east on August 30, then stalled just 50 mi (80 km) west of Cedar Key, Florida. It finally moved northwest and ultimately making landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, on September 2 as a Category 3 major hurricane. The storm quickly weakened upon moving ashore and dissipated on September 4.
The hurricane's unpredictable shifts in direction created what was considered the largest peacetime evacuation in the nation's history. Evacuations occurred in sequence to follow the storm's forecast positions, and many residents and tourists along portions of the Gulf Coast were forced to leave twice in a matter of days. About 1.25 million people fled the storm in Florida alone, contributing to a region-wide total of nearly 2 million evacuees. Tropical cyclone warnings and watches were continuously issued and adjusted, and forecasters stressed the storm's destructive potential for days. Today, better forecasting technology enables meteorologists to more accurately forecast the path of the hurricane therefore reducing the expanse of mass evacuations.
Elena's slow movement off western Florida resulted in severe beach erosion and damage to coastal buildings, roads, and seawalls, especially to those of old or inadequate construction. Destruction was greatest near the shore and on islands such as Cedar Key and Dog Island, though torn
Farther west, Dauphin Island in Alabama endured wind gusts as high as 130 mph (210 km/h) and a significant storm surge. The island sustained some of the most significant damage inflicted by Elena, including several hundred damaged or demolished homes. The rest of the state's coast also sustained considerable damage.
Over 13,000 homes were damaged in Mississippi, and 200 were destroyed. Cities close to the Alabama border—including Pascagoula—experienced widespread damage to residences, schools, and businesses, and the community of Gautier was effectively isolated from the outside world. Several apparent but unconfirmed tornadoes appear to have exacerbated the damage in the Gulfport area. Wind damage extended into portions of eastern Louisiana. Overall, nine people died as a result of the hurricane: two in Texas due to drownings in rip currents, three in Florida, two in Louisiana, one in Arkansas, and one in a maritime accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage totaled about $1.3 billion, and power outages from the storm affected 550,000 people. In Elena's wake, President Ronald Reagan declared parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida federal disaster areas, making storm victims eligible for financial aid and temporary housing. The name Elena was later retired from the cyclical list of Atlantic hurricane names because of the storm's effects.
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