Florida homeowners who were victims of Hurricane Michael continue to face costly damages and persistent problems, even months after the storm left the Panhandle. In April 2019, the federal government revised its earlier estimation of the storm, which it had recorded as a Category 4 hurricane. Instead, it noted that Michael was actually a Category 5 storm with wind speeds of around 160 mph when it hit land in October 2018. The storm was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the country, especially in a highly populated area; with the correction, it is only the fourth Category 5 storm on record.

Many people are looking for the cause of the storm and investigating whether climate change could be putting people at greater risk of extreme weather. On an immediate level, however, many Florida residents continue to suffer six months after Hurricane Michael. Some feel forgotten, as a federal disaster relief bill was not passed to cover people affected by the storm. Thousands remain dependent on temporary housing, and some are still living in seriously damaged homes. A number of Florida homeowners are facing delays and denials of their hurricane damage claims from their homeowners' insurance companies while untrustworthy contractors have failed to complete much-needed work.

Across the region, thousands of people remain displaced, leading to scarce housing availability and rising prices. While Florida received $1 billion in disaster assistance from FEMA, the state's needs far outstrip the budget of the emergency management administration. Property insurance claims have so far totaled around $6 billion in damages across the state.

Even homeowners with insurance are struggling in the hurricane's aftermath. They face companies that are reluctant to pay out for desperately needed repairs. An insurance attorney may be able to assist homeowners with delayed hurricane damage claims in seeking the compensation they deserve.

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