Hurricane Florence- by the numbers

Hurricane Florence- by the numbers

The Star News published some fascinating facts and figures about the Hurricane Florence damage as of early November.

  • $850 million: Amount of state funding designated for hurricane relief assistance.
  • $220 million: Preliminary property damage estimate in Wilmington.
  • $17.5 million: Funding approved by the Wilmington City Council to address damage and debris cleanup (PENDING TUESDAY).
  • $13-$20 million: Estimated cost of debris cleanup in Wilmington.


  • 114,000: Number of Duke Energy power outages to customers in New Hanover County (out of an estimated 127,000 customers).
  • 105,000: Residents in Wilmington without power at the height of the storm.
  • 3,880: Buildings damaged in Pender County, as of Oct. 2.
  • 3,100-5,000: Number of buildings damaged in Pender County.
  • 96: Buildings condemned in Pender County due to damage from Florence.
  • 66 mph: Sustained winds measured in Wilmington by the National Weather Service.
  • 44: Number of New Hanover County schools damaged (which is all the county’s schools).

  • 39: Number of deaths caused by Florence in North Carolina (48 total across three states).
  • 32: Debris crews working simultaneously at the height of the cut-and-push clearing of roads in Wilmington.
  • 29: School days missed by Pender County students if they return Oct. 22.
  • 23.02: Inches of rainfall measured at Wilmington International Airport (Sept. 13-16), making it the wettest month on record for Wilmington.
  • 20.3 feet: Crest of Black River in Pender County after Hurricane Florence (19.3 feet after Hurricane Matthew).
  • 13: Days the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center was operational (the longest the county has ever operated an EOC.
  • 4: Number of tornadoes spawned from Florence in New Hanover County.
  • 2 mph: The speed of Florence after making landfall.
Wind damage to roof

Wind damage to roof

If you decide to initiate litigation against your insurance provider to receive recovery under a claim that was denied due to an exclusion in your policy, it is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in handling insurance litigation. While court decisions arising under these exclusions go both ways, making it difficult to guarantee success, an experienced insurance attorney knows the ins and outs of the exclusions your insurer relies upon, has been up against these exclusions and insurance companies before, and knows how to best advocate your claim.

If you have a Hurricane Florence Insurance claim, let the attorneys at Shipman & Wright work for you.

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