Last Updated October 8, 2016
Hurricane Matthew Damages Homes In Florida
A state of emergency was declared for the state of Florida as Hurricane Matthew pounded the state for several days. This hurricane was the worst to hit the state in over a decade. Although the damage was not as severe as many were predicting, the storm still left millions of dollars in damages in its wake.
Meteorologists used extreme language in attempts to describe the potential severity of Matthew’s impact. The National Weather Service added its warning by saying this storm could leave parts of Florida “uninhabitable for weeks or months.” Matthew was labeled “extremely dangerous” by the National Hurricane Center mainly due to the potential death and destruction from flooding.
By the afternoon on Friday, most of northeast Florida was being hit by hurricane and tropical storm force winds that stretched across a 185 mile pth. At least 2.5 million residents were told to evacuate along the storm’s path in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Airports in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Melbourne were closed. Throughout the state of Florida more than 1,500 flights were canceled.
So far 4 deaths have been blamed on the storm. Two people died because medical emergency services could not reach them in time to help. Two other women were reportedly killed by trees falling on them. A Putnam county sheriff stated that a woman was attempting to ride out the storm in her camper when a tree fell on it and killed her.
Areas Hardest Hit By Hurricane Matthew
The effects of Matthew were felt along the eastern coast and throughout the central regions of Florida. The storm was so large that the affected cities sustained damage from the front and the back end of the storm.
On Friday Matthew continued moving north lashing out with high winds across the eastern Florida coastline. According to the National Weather Service wind gusts of 100 mph were recorded just east of Orlando, and gusts of nearly 70 mph in Daytona Beach. Late in the afternoon St. Augustine registered winds of around 80 mph.
Throughout the city of Melbourne branches and palm fronds were blown off of trees, power lines were downed, roofs were damaged, fences were blown down, and debris was scattered. Residents faced winds of over 100 mph as well as a storm surge of 12 feet.
In Daytona Beach the storm whipped around trees, downed power lines, mangled roofs, and cracked branches. Police cars were the only vehicles on the roads. Many long time residents refused to leave in spite of the dire warnings.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Jacksonville through Friday evening. At the airport winds were recorded at 70 mph. Social media showed videos of flooding, cascading water down streets, falling palm trees, and stranded people.
Officials at Disney World headed the many warnings and closed the parks on Friday. Curfews were put into place, but not everyone heeded them. Unfortunately the criminal element of society attempt to use the chaos created from a state of emergency for their own sister benefit. A police officer in Sanford caught a would be looter early on Friday morning. Deputies from Orange County arrested two others for curfew violations. Overall Orlando saw a 3 percent increase in crime during this time.
One of the oldest cities in the United States appears to be the city that was hit the hardest. The storm surge flooded roads, business, and homes. Parts of the highway were completely destroyed. Many properties sustained water damage as well as damage from high winds and falling debris.
The Florida Department of Health suggests that as residents start to clean up they clear out all of the water from any flooded structure. Do not just wait for the water to evaporate. The water may pose a serious health risk because it may contain material from sewage systems that have overflown. Remove all items from your house that have been contaminated. Anything in the house that can’t be completely disinfected and dried out should be thrown away.
Options For Your House That Was Damaged By Hurricane Matthew
If your house was already in need of repair then the addition damage caused by hurricane Matthew might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If you house was damaged by flood waters, storm surge, high winds, or falling debris you may find your self thinking, “I want to sell my house fast!”
If you are overwhelmed by the property and do not want to continue working on repairing and fixing the damage, then give us a call at Fastlane Property. We are professional home buyers that specialize in buying houses as is. We buy house Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona, St. Augustine, and throughout the entire state of Florida. Selling your house for cash gives you the opportunity to sell your house fast!
You can learn more about our process here, but in summary –
Give us a call at 865-213-5286 or fill out a short form on this website.
We will gather some general information about your house and the current situation that has you interested in selling.
Within 24 hours we will get back to you with an all cash offer.
If you would like to accept our offer we will schedule a closing date that works for you. We can normally close in as little as 7 days.
At closing we pay cash. There is never a delay from a lending institution, because we do not use one. We use our own private funds. You don’t have to worry about surprises or hidden fees. We pay the fees and closing costs.
In the end, You sell. We buy. You get Paid.
When you contact us you are under no obligation to sell us your property. All the information that you share with us is kept in confidence. Our real estate professionals are friendly and knowledgeable. We specialize in providing creative real estate solutions.
If Hurricane Matthew has left you think I WANT TO SELL MY HOUSE FAST, then why not give us a call. You’ve got nothing to lose.
You can reach us right now at 865-213-5286