Window Film Businesses Returning to Normal Following Irma

September 13th, 2017 by Katherine Coig

Hurricane Irma battered Florida on Sunday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and impacting the state’s window film industry. On Monday morning, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm. 

According to Reuters, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated that the storm did about $20 billion to $40 billion in damage in Florida, lower than previous estimates that it would cause more than $100 billion in damages. Prior to making landfall in the U.S., Irma caused billions in damage across the Caribbean last week, where it killed 38 people.

Madico, which has a facility in St. Petersburg, Fla., reported its employees made it through the storm unscathed, however, many are still without power.

“The shop I work next to, Tint King, had no power despite it being on the corner of the busiest intersection in Palm Beach County,” said Gary Benoit, technical support for Solar Gard. “They had a generator, though, so they did do some work. There was no power at my office, so I worked from home.”

Benoit, who works remotely from Palm Beach, Fla., said operations have returned to normal at his office, but 35 percent of the county is still without power.

“We are okay. It was the worst experience of any storm I’ve ever been through in my life,” said Jeremiah Beinko, installer at Auto Safe and Sound in Tampa. “It was terrifying … but, I’m safe and so is my home. We lost more than 10 big trees on my property.”

Irma made its way to Georgia by Monday, causing power outages, heavy rainfall and downed trees. Though Irma had been downgraded to a tropical storm, nearly 1.5 million Georgians lost power and approximately 700,000 residents are still in the dark, according to the latest figures from CNN.

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