Barry Makes Landfall Today, Flooding in Baton Rouge & New Orleans Likely
UPDATE — 13 July 2019
As Barry makes landfall today along the northern Gulf Coast, meteorologists anticipate storm surges of up to six feet and winds up to 70 mph. Baton Rouge and New Orleans are in the direct path of the storm and are particularly vulnerable to flooding. However, the levees are currently holding, and all of the flood gates have been closed. The storm is moving at 5 mph and will proceed up through the lower Mississippi Valley, including parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle, where flash flood warnings are in effect through Monday. More than 65,000 residents are currently without power.
The Crawford Catastrophe Services is preparing adjusters to respond as soon as conditions permit, and Crawford’s PROACT team met this morning to ensure that expertise across the organization is leveraged in its response to Barry. This includes WeGoLook, whose Lookers on-demand workforce and drone fleet are prepared to collect data and survey areas pre- and post-storm. The PROACT team confirmed that Crawford adjusters are on standby and fully capable of covering claims in the region.
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UPDATE — 12 July 2019
Tropical Storm Barry is nearing hurricane strength as it nears the lower Mississippi valley, and the National Weather Center has issued a hurricane warning for affected areas. Up to 20 inches of rain is expected along the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana, making damaging winds, storm surges and flooding very likely. Experts describe the storm as wide and slow, dropping steady rain on an area as vast as 800 square miles through Monday morning. Authorities have instated a mandatory evacuation for residents in low-lying areas in the storm’s path, and Louisiana officials have begun closing floodgates.
The Crawford Catastrophe Services team is watching the storm closely, preparing for any changes in the storm’s behavior. Adjusters are mobilizing via RENOVO platform so that they can respond to policyholders as quickly as possible once conditions permit. The team is also engaging with customers in the region, and they are encouraging clients to begin planning for claims surges as soon as possible.
Clients can expect to receive unrivaled support from Crawford in response to Tropical Storm Barry. The CAT team has extensive experience with floods in this area as a result of storms like Katrina, Harvey, and Florence. Crawford adjusters are there for policyholders on their worst days. Visit our services page to learn more about the comprehensive suite of claims management services that Crawford offers, from self-service apps to large and complex commercial losses. We have the track record and the expertise to handle any type of claim. For assistance, contact our 24-hour ClaimsAlert call center at 1-877-346-0300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORIGINAL POST — 10 July 2019
The second storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to make landfall in the Gulf Coast as a Category 1 Hurricane by Saturday, July 13. Currently spinning off of the Florida Panhandle coast, it will form as either a tropical depression or tropical storm. According to meteorologists, there is a 90% chance it will form into a tropical depression. If the winds surpass 39 mph, the depression will become Tropical Storm Barry.
Businesses and residents can expect heavy rain and storm surge from Louisiana to Texas. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible. The gravest threat for this storm is life-threatening flooding. The system has already produced torrential rain in southern Louisiana, causing street flooding in New Orleans.
Catastrophe Services adjusters are on standby to respond to claim surges associated with this storm. Our team’s extensive experience with the flooding in Louisiana in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has us prepared to respond to claims that occur as a result of this storm. For assistance, contact our 24-hour ClaimsAlert call center at 1-877-346-0300 or email us at email@example.com.
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