Thousands of East Coast residents were still without power a week after Tropical Storm Isaias was barred by more than 1
Isaias made landfall in North Carolina on August 3 as a Category 1 hurricane, with a maximum remaining winds of 85 miles per hour before weakening to a tropical storm. Damage to the islands in the Caribbean and along the American Atlantic coast resulted from floods, power outages, fallen trees and tornadoes.
Isaias was the fifth storm of the "extremely active" hurricane season 2020. Preliminary insurance loss estimates from Isaias range from over $ 1 billion (Aon) to $ 4 billion (Karen Clark & Co.) The damages are still being counted, and these estimates are likely to change.
Like any disaster, Isaiah will give rise to criminal activity. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reminds us that crooks who pose as contractors can pressure homeowners to pay out their insurance claims before repairs are completed. When they collect the payment, they disappear without having completed the promised work. Follow these tips from the NICB to prevent falling victim to these entrepreneurial scams. Tips include getting more than one estimate and getting everything in writing.
Another disaster after the disaster is the sale of flooded vehicles. Dishonest dealers can buy flooded vehicles, clean them up and sell them to unsuspecting buyers. If you are shopping for a used vehicle, the NICB recommends that you check some items, e.g. water stains and mold that may indicate whether the vehicle is a vehicle vehicle or not.
The NICB also provides a free tool called VINCheck which allows consumers to check a vehicle for a "red flag", such as theft, accidental damage or rescue titles.