Florence is heading northwest toward the Carolinas. The Category 4 storm, with winds between 130 and 156 mph, is expected to make landfall Friday with sustained winds close to 140 mph.
More than 10 million people are under hurricane warnings or watches in the Carolinas and
"There's nothing going on, but it's coming,"
"Right now, we're positioning ourselves so when it does hit, we're in a good position to help clients," he said. "All adjusters, all insurance companies are mobilizing."
Insurance representatives will work with local and state officials to help residents who have lost belongings and whose homes or apartments may be uninhabitable and small-business owners who face the prospect of closing for weeks. At the outset, all insurance company representatives and others in the region will have to wait for an all-clear from state officials after the hurricane moves out before it's considered safe to move in.
"It could easily be a week before people in the area start the reconstruction process," Woods said.
Many claims professionals for Travelers are equipped with drones to help conduct property inspections and develop damage estimates quickly, said
Insurance adjusters and others also have satellite photos and imagery before they arrive at properties, he said.
Travelers is monitoring the storm from its National Catastrophe Center in
A recreational vehicle is outfitted with a cash machine, satellite technology, food and other necessities to help customers, he said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the RV was in
"When the state gives its approval, we're in there," Kinney said.
"Most people have never filed a claim or filed very few," he said. "It could be catastrophic damage. A lot of our customers won't know what to do."
"There is no way to know exactly what
A spokesman said Eversource is not sending crews south at this time, but that could change after the storm.
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