Storm Damage and Severe Weather
Due to climate change, storm damage today has the potential to be more catastrophic than ever before. There are various forms of severe weather that can cause storm damage, each of which is more or less common in different parts of the USA.
Hurricanes & Tropical Storms - Southeast:
Hurricanes and tropical storms are extreme winds that occur in random directions, usually coupled with masses of precipitation. Hurricanes have winds of at least 74mph, while tropical storms fall between 39-73mph. These storms occur in tropical regions, such as the Atlantic Basin, near the Caribbean Sea, and around the Gulf of Mexico.
Tornadoes - Midwest:
A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of wind that can reach speeds of up to 300mph, which can absolutely decimate flimsier properties. They usually occur around “Tornado Alley” which includes South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
Blizzards - North:
Blizzards and winter storms occur in colder weather, with a blizzard having winds of at least 35mph and generally carrying masses of snow. You’ll find blizzards in areas such as Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
If you live in any of these areas, there are structural and additional precautions you can take to combat the effects of severe weather, however, it won’t always be enough. For a proper storm damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Wood River Valley, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”