Hurricane Matthew, the 13th storm of the season, has moved away from Florida, but only after battering the east coast of the state. The hurricane has resulted in six fatalities and has left behind in its wake-uprooted trees, blown transformers, and flooding in coastal areas.
However, the state can consider itself lucky that the storm actually skirted Florida and did not make a landfall here. Instead, it moved to South Carolina. Erosion caused by the storm left huge tracts of the A1A missing in Daytona Beach. St Augustine reported heavy flooding, the storm surge brought several feet of seawater inland. Flagler and Duval counties reported massive power outages. More than 700,000 residents across the state faced a power blackout.
However, advance warnings of the approach of this hurricane were taken seriously by residents, and many boarded their doors and windows and headed for higher ground. Volusia seems to be the hardest hit in the state; things get worse as you go north.
Those properties that had installed hurricane shutters fared better. Storm panel shutters, accordion shutters, and roll down shutters are popular shutter types used in cities across Florida and if you own a beach-facing property or live in a coastal area, then you need to have such shutters installed to protect life and property.
Hurricane shutters Florida can protect your residential and commercial properties from storm and wind damage, water damage, flooded basements, wet floors, and also theft and vandalism in the aftermath of a hurricane.
Matthew arrived in the U.S after wreaking havoc in Haiti. Before this one, there was Hermine in September. Florida is no stranger to storms. It can go for years without one, but when they do arrive, it is only appropriate that we be prepared for them.