|GALLAGHER TO PALM BAY TORNADO VICTIMS: STATE’S STORM HOTLINE READY TO ASSIST|
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher is urging residents in Palm Bay whose homes were damaged by Sunday’s tornado to call the Department of Financial Services’ storm hotline at 1-800-22-STORM if they need help checking the licensure of an adjuster or filing an insurance claim.
A tornado with winds of up to 112 mph struck Palm Bay late Sunday afternoon, damaging at least two dozen homes and leaving as many as 14 uninhabitable, according to local law enforcement reports.
“Our consumer specialists are available to help answer questions about insurance adjusters or what steps to take before an adjuster arrives,” Gallagher said. “I would especially urge residents to be particularly wary if any adjuster or contractor demands cash and to read and understand contracts before signing.”
Gallagher recommends that property owners take the following actions if they suffered tornado damage:
The Old Hernando County Courthouse, surrounded by grand old oak trees, was built in 1912 in the county seat of Brooksville.