Storm Pummels South Padre Island, Cameron County; Electricity May Be Out For Days
A series of thunderstorms moved across the lower Rio Grande Valley overnight leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The residents of South Padre Island bared the worst of it as the storms downed several powerlines leaving thousands of island residents without electricity.
The thunderstorms brought wind gusts of over 60 mph and blew through parts of Cameron County including South Padre Island, Brownsville, Port Isabel, and Arroyo City until approximately 2:45 AM, Monday morning.
Earlier, due to the downed powerlines on the road, East-bound Padre Boulevard was closed. It has since been reopened, however, Cameron County and South Padre Island officials are reminding drivers to be safe and to drive cautiously through the area. So far, no injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.
According to AEP’s outage map, approximately 6,100 residents are without electricity between South Padre Island, Brownsville, Laguna Vista, and Bayview. South Padre Island officials have urged residents to prepare to be without power for a few days as work continues on replacing the downed powerlines.
October 2019 South Padre Island Storm Videos and Photos
— LabPadre (@LabPadre) October 21, 2019
We came to South Padre Island, had a few drinks and fell asleep, woke up to a tornado warning. pic.twitter.com/mewt1H7qBh
— VIDAURRE (@EdwardVidaurre) October 21, 2019
— Slippery Toad (@spottedwarts) October 21, 2019
— Sara Sampedro H (@SaraSampedroH) October 21, 2019
What Should I Do If My Home Was Damaged By The Thunderstorm?
Currently, you should ensure that you and your family are safe. If your home or residence is unsafe to live in currently, please make arrangements to stay elsewhere or speak to the Cameron County Emergency Management Department at 956-547-7000.
Once these arrangements have been settled, you should focus on how exactly you’re going to get your home repaired. If you have homeowners’ insurance, there are pitfalls you that you should absolutely avoid that could potentially end your chances of ever getting a fair value for your storm damage claim.
To ensure that your storm damage claim has the best chance, commit yourself in doing the following:
- Call Your Insurance And Start Your Claim – As silly as this may sound, most people often put this off for weeks while their home continues to get worse. DO NOT WAIT for your storm claim to get filed. File it immediately to make sure that your claim gets processed earlier.
- Take Pictures – Your home has just been through a terrible storm and in order for your claim to have a fair shot, you need evidence to support your claim. When the adjuster arrives at your home, your house isn’t the only one on their schedule, especially after a large storm such as this one. Chances are, they’ll speed through your inspection and miss something: DON’T GIVE YOUR INSURANCE THE CHANCE TO UNDERVALUE YOUR CLAIM. Take photos of all damages you can spot including lifted shingles, water spots, broken windows, AC unit dents, etc. You know your home better than anyone.
- Tarp Up Your Roof, Seal Your Windows – In your homeowner’s insurance policy, there’s likely a clause in there that states that you must “mitigate” the damages to your home. That means you have to do what is reasonably necessary to make sure the damages don’t get any worse in the event that ANOTHER storm hits while you’re waiting for your storm claim to be resolved. Failure to do anything can severely jeopardize your storm damage claim.
Will My Insurance Cover The Spoiled Food In My Fridge From The Power Outage?
This depends on your policy, but generally, yes, spoiled food from power outages can be claimed as damages to your insurance. Being that island residents will be without power for a few days, anyone in this situation should take photos of all the food in their fridge that has spoiled so that they may be included in their storm damage claim.
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