If you haven’t already noticed – it’s rainy season in South Florida. According to the National Weather Service, “[t]he daily cycle of showers and thunderstorms which defines the South Florida rainy season has begun earlier than normal this year.” Ordinarily, our rainy season has a start date of May 20th; however, Mother Nature decided to show up early this year by giving us torrential downpours on May 8th.
On May 23rd, Miami saw record breaking numbers. For example, Miami International recorded approximately 9 inches of rain. Per the Sun Sentinel, the recorded rainfall shattered a long-standing record.
Miami, and South Florida in general, already witnessed above average rainfall during the dry season. The dry season, which ran from October 20th to May 7th, gave Miami 22.95 inches of rain, which is close to four inches above the norm.
The irregular patterns have also given use two named storms before the start of Hurricane season, which is June 1st. Alberto and Beryl have caused, and in Beryl’s case continues to cause, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and rain along the east coast. Beryl was very close to becoming a full fledged hurricane, reaching speeds of up to 70mph before making landfall near Jacksonville, Florida.
Hurricane, wind, and rain damage are a common occurrence across South Florida. It creates havoc on residential and commercial properties alike. Our attorneys have experience dealing with these weather-related losses in South Florida. If you own a home or business that has experienced damage as a result of rain or wind, please contact us today.
Remember, failure to timely report the loss to your insurance carrier could result in a denial of your claim. Remember, our attorneys are here to assist you – do not hesitate to contact us today.
The heavy rains may have also caused water damage to your property. Water damage is one of the most commonly cited reasons in any property insurance claim. After heavy rains such as the ones we just experienced this past weekend may result in some form of damage to your property.
Despite the fact that water damage is a common cause to assert a property insurance claim, not all claims for damages due to similar causes will be paid by insurance companies. In fact, claiming on home insurance against water damage can be complicated, and tricky. If you have sustained damage to your property as a result of the recent heavy downpour, then you should contact our office today for a consultation regarding your potential claim.