Hurricane Season has just begun and two tropical storms have already made landfall in Florida. Debby and Beryl have left communities without power, spawned killer tornadoes, and caused extensive property damage due to high winds, driving rains, and flooding.
But, even if your home has been damaged by a severe storm, you have a homeowner’s policy and your insurer will cover all the damage, right?
Don’t bet on it.
Insurance experts agree that you should always review your property insurance policy before hurricane season starts so that you know exactly what your coverage is. Florida law mandates that insurers give policyholders a complete list of what is covered and what is not in their policy. Read the rest »
First Coast News is reporting that the state Attorney General’s Office has received more than 70 complaints in Duval County about gasoline price gouging this week. The Gate station chain is the subject of the majority of them.
Gate says their supplier raised the price on them and they’re passing it onto the consumer. The AG’s office is asking them to document that. The stations according to First Coast News are Flying J, Dodge's Gas Stores, Valero and Pilot Travel Centers.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that on Tuesday the states attorney general issued subpoenas to four the four companies. Prices were reported by hundreds of consumers to be well over $4 a gallon. Read the rest »
We are in the middle of hurricane season in Florida and most of us are keeping an eye on the latest storm, Hanna, heading offshore of North Florida, soon to be followed by Ike.
Forcasters and the Florida Highway Patrol have the same mantra, “don’t go out on the roads unless you have to.”
That’s fine, but what if you have to? What if you risk losing your job if you decide to stay home with your children, whose school has been cancelled and to follow the recommendations of safety officials?
Here’s where the disconnect comes in. While it’s advised that you stay home, the simple answer is yes, you can be fired if you don’t.
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With high winds from Hurricane Fay predicted to hit the Jacksonville area this week, the Department of Transportation reports that motorists are calling to find out if roads will be closed.
Motorists can call 511 for traffic information. Newly constructed electronic signs along portions of I-95 will keep drivers updated on any road or bridge closures.
Bridges are a concern as well as the new elevated flyovers that take cars high above the congestion below.
When are winds too high to travel on them? The DOT says there is no wind threshold that requires vehicles to stay off the elevated roadways. It’s up to the local law enforcement.
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