Waking up to the sounds of trees snapping and loud bangs from trees falling over was a living nightmare for many residents across the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic region recently. Residents in 13 different states were affected by violent windstorms, as high winds caused downed trees and other serious damage to areas including:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
- West Virginia
- Other East Coast states
Many residents in these affected areas were able to see tree limbs piercing through the ceilings of their homes, as huge oak trees and other types of trees fell directly on many roofs and chimneys. Downed trees blocked some homeowners from getting into or out of their homes and crushed many vehicles as well.
While many homeowners suffered extreme property damage from trees that came through their roofs during these eastern storms, one 90-year-old woman died when a tree smashed through her home in Virginia. Sadly, the windstorms were responsible for killing at least 26 people, according to the latest reports.
Eastern Windstorms Cause Serious Property Damage
These severe weekend windstorms were responsible for causing serious property damage including:
- Roof damage
- Shingle damage
- Chimney damage
- Broken windows
- Foundation damage
- And more
Some officials likened the damage from these windstorms to that of a serious hurricane, and emergencies were declared in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The fierce winds not only toppled trees, but brought down power lines as well. Over three million people were left without power during the aftermath of the storm, creating a very dangerous situation for those without air conditioning during the extreme heat that exceeded triple digits in some areas.
The elderly were especially at risk, as it took officials several days to restore power. During this time, several elderly people were admitted to hospitals, took refuge in emergency shelters, or were displaced from their assisted living facilities or nursing homes when downed trees caused damage.
Seeking Help Following Eastern Windstorms
If you or someone you love has sustained property damage, roof damage, or another type of damage to your home during the windstorm that recently pummeled the Eastern U.S., you may need the help of a skilled insurance claim attorney. Windstorm claims can be complicated, and insurance companies tend to deny as much as they can to save money – even if it is at your expense.
In order to get the most money possible from your windstorm claim, call a knowledgeable insurance litigation lawyer at the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 for a free consultation today. We also will provide you with a complimentary copy of our book Disputes With Your Insurance Company – What All Consumers Need to Know.