Jacobsen and Palm Harbor Homes hold a very unique distinction among Florida Manufacturers … they are built for life.
Real Life stories about
Jacobsen and Palm Harbor Homes
In 2004, four major hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, decimated our state for more than 45 days. All of them hit Florida with 120 – 150 mph devastating winds and caused billions upon billions of dollars in damage.
Stuart, Florida, took 2 direct hits from Frances and Jeanne within 20 days of each other, and still, the Jacobsen’s held fast. Two direct hits in 20 days … and still suffered no serious structural damage.
13 years later, on September 10th, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys as a Category 4, 140 mph storm.
The devastation and destruction were horrendous. The Florida Keys we all know, and love will rebuild, but will never be the same. Once emergency management personnel and first responders were able to weave their way through the wreckage, one common sight shone through all the carnage … Jacobsen Homes. Jacobsen Homes once again demonstrated why they are Hurricane tough.
FAST FORWARD… to October 10th 2018 – Mexico Beach Florida Hurricane Michael devastating CAT 5 – 160 mph winds….
Palm Harbor stands up to Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach
With peak wind speeds of 160 mph, Hurricane Michael rapidly approached the Florida Panhandle on Monday, October 10, 2018. The powerful hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach as a Category 5 storm. After the storm cleared, less than 500 homes were left standing of the roughly 2,700 homes in Mexico Beach prior to Hurricane Michael.
Two quiet streets, 14th and 15th Streets – deadhead directly into the coastline in Mexico Beach at the point where Michael first made landfall, stripping massive new and older homes alike from their foundations, toppling others and heavily damaging most of those that remained. Ferocious winds and a storm surge reaching 9 to 14 feet pushed huge piles of debris hundreds of feet inland from the beach, bulldozing almost everything in their path. In fact, for nearly a mile up these two streets, only one home survived and was rated to be inhabitable with the coveted “green tag” from inspectors. That one home was a modular home built by Palm Harbor Homes for Ron and Karen Nichols.
This is a powerful testament of these two manufacturers’ continued commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Jacobsen Homes and Palm Harbor Homes have stood the test of time … and Mother Nature.