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Tropical Storm Ida may explode into powerful hurricane this weekend

Written by: Sill Public Adjusters

Tropical Storm Ida may explode into powerful hurricane this weekend

Our disaster response team at Sill Public Adjusters is on high alert as Tropical Storm Ida is expected to explode into a major hurricane this weekend.

The storm is moving Northwest Friday morning, churning towards Western Cuba. It is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico overnight Friday into Saturday.

Once the storm reaches the gulf, forecasters say Ida could balloon into a powerful category three hurricane as it heads north towards the shores of Louisiana.

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Some models say the storm will have sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour by Sunday afternoon. The current track has Ida making landfall just west of Grand Isle, Louisiana. It is also close to New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in this region in 2005.

A dangerous, life-threatening storm surge could impact coastal Louisiana with at least 7 to 11 feet of water anticipated. Heavy rain and powerful winds mean your property is at risk of sustaining severe damage.

You must follow all safety recommendations by local authorities once the storm moves in. You need to take steps to protect your property and prepare yourself for a potential property damage insurance claim.

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You need to prepare your home or business for the worst when a major hurricane is bearing down. Protect your most valuable belongings by removing them altogether or by moving them to an upper floor. After the storm clears, you need to understand your responsibilities when it comes to limiting further damage.

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If the storm damages your property, you need to limit damage to ensure you get the maximum settlement you are entitled to. Failing to do this could affect your entire claim.

Sill's team of public adjusters will be in the affected area immediately after the storm clears. You can save yourself stress by calling us right away. We can review your policy to identify all coverages.

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Our building and contents appraisals team can also work quickly to inspect your damage and put together a proof of loss report that your insurance company will require. With our help, you can trust that a licensed insurance expert is on your side when you file your claim.

It is critical that you call Sill after the storm to get your claim started right away. If you work with us, we will handle your claim to focus on your family, co-workers, employees, and most of all, your recovery.

Our clients settle their claims much faster and for a more significant amount. Contact Sill 24/7 if you experience any property damage. You can call our team at 800.524.0006.