Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to prepare your home for a storm

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

Protect the critical areas

Wind is a major threat to your roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows and coverings for patio and entry doors, strengthen and stiffen garage doors, and install heavy-duty door hardware.

Protect your valuables

Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate. Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping. Also, make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

https://blog.nationwide.com/news/storm-preparation-tips-for-home/

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It's never too early to prepare

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding

  • Purchase flood insurance.
  • Buy and install a backflow-prevention device in your sewer line.
  • Consider moving heating/cooling appliances and electrical panel to higher level.
  • Purchase plastic sheeting and sand bags.
  • Seal basement walls to prevent seepage.

Tornado

Did you know?

  • Most hurricane damage is caused, not by wind, but water entering the house from leaks, broken windows, flood water, storm surges and back- flowing sewers.
  • In over 80% of the cases, wind damage to homes starts when the garage door is compromised.
  • SUVs—because of their larger size and larger tires—are actually more buoyant than small cars and can be swept away on flooded roads just as easily.
  • The most common cause of roof shingle failure during a hurricane is poor installation and improper nailing.
  • If you store water in case of emergencies, you’ll need at least one gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is a good minimum.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/prepare-your-home-for-a-storm-checklist/

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Do you know if you live in a Hurricane zone?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know if you live in a hurricane zone? If you live in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, or Louisiana, the answer is probably yes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), determining the likelihood that a hurricane will strike your home is the number one step in preparedness. Hurricanes often bring heavy flooding, winds, and even tornadoes, so don’t just assume that you won’t get hit by a hurricane if you don’t live on the coast. “Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland,” says NOAA. If you’re wondering if a hurricane in headed your way, NOAA has awesome tracking tools that can show you exactly where the storm will be and around what time, as well as check out hurricanes that already occurred and see the danger zones.

https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/how-to-prepare-house-for-hurricane/

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Long range planning

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Long-range hurricane planning

Make sure your home meets or exceeds current model building codes for regions often impacted by hurricanes. You may also want to do the following: 

  • Talk with your family members about what to do in case of a hurricane. Designate an emergency meeting spot and have a plan for your pets.
  • Show adult and teen family members where electrical, gas and water shut-offs are – and how to turn them off. Make sure the proper tools are nearby.
  • Have a well-stocked first aid kit, flashlights and plenty of batteries.
  • Install impact-resistant windows.
  • Be sure your doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt lock with a bolt at least 1 inch long.
  • Install permanent wood or metal stiffeners on your garage door. Or contact the door manufacturer about temporary supports you can easily attach and remove.
  • Make sure your roof covering and sheathing beneath it can resist high winds.
  • Consider replacing gravel and rock landscaping with mulch or shredded bark, which can be less deadly in high winds.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery. Pay particular attention to weak or dead branches that could fall on your home or your neighbor's home.
  • Decide how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property (above or below sea level) and whether the land is flood-prone. This gives you a better idea of how your property might be affected by a storm surge or tidal flooding.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn hurricane evacuation routes. Figure out ahead of time where to go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

https://www.nationwide.com/hurricanes.jsp

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Evacuate

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Do so immediately (do not wait!) and be sure to follow their instructions.
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes (no matter how well fastened to the ground).
  • If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
  • If you feel that you are in danger.

Have an arranged meeting place for your family in case you get separated! One of the biggest issues in hurricanes is not knowing if your loved ones are safe. Remember that cell phones may not work. You need to communicate ahead of time (like the “old” days)! 

Only return once the authorities declare it is safe. Avoid all flood waters!  Never drive or walk on flooded roads.

https://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane#

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After a Hurricane

9/7/2019 (Permalink)

After a Hurricane:

More deaths and injuries occur after a hurricane hits than during. This is because people are too anxious to get outside and survey the damage and come into contact with downed power lines or unstable trees. Follow these suggestions for staying safe after a hurricane:

  • Remain indoors until an official "all clear" is given.
  • Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
  • Use phones for emergencies onlyandcall 911 only for life-threatening situations.
  • Call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, overturned gas tanks, or any other dangerous situation you come across.
  • Watch for weakened roads, bridges, tree limbs, porches that could collapse unexpectedly, and never drive through floodwaters of any level.
  • After power is restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage, which is the cause of much sickness two days to a week after the storm.
  • When reinstalling a cable base, TV, or satellite antenna, check all directions to be sure no power lines are nearby. The same goes for climbing trees to clear debris.
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves, or generators indoors.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/staying-safe-during-hurricane-1513589

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Evacuating a storm

9/7/2019 (Permalink)

Evacuating Before or After a Storm:

If you live near the coast or in a flood-prone area, you may be asked to evacuate. Your "plan" should include researching your evacuation route and making arrangements in advance with family or friends for a safe place to stay.

Area public shelters are for people who have no other place to go. If you must stay in a shelter, listen to news broadcasts for announcements of shelter openings. Shelter volunteers do their best to make you comfortable, but a shelter is not a very comfortable place. Stay with friends or relatives if at all possible.

  • Those with special medical needs such as oxygen should go to special needs shelters only. Special needs shelters do not provide hands-on medical care, only medical monitoring. Bring a caregiver with you if possible.
  • Only service animals are permitted in public shelters. Shelters that allow pets are limited, so other arrangements should be made for your pets.
  • Bring food and snacks. Meals may not be available during the first 24 hours.
  • Bring your identification, valuable papers, and medications in their original containers.
  • Bring baby supplies if you have a small child.
  • Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows, which are either not provided or limited in supply at shelters. You may also want to bring cards, games, or books to help pass the hours while you wait for it to be safe to travel.
  • Bring flashlights and a battery-operated radio or TV with extra batteries.
  • Stay inside and follow directions that are given for your comfort and safety; you will not be allowed outside until the officials give an "all clear" message.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/staying-safe-during-hurricane-1513589

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As a hurricane approaches

9/7/2019 (Permalink)

As a Hurricane Approaches

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Stay informed by monitoring the storm via local radio, NOAA radio, TV, and internet. Listen for alerts to evacuate.
  • Secure your home and close storm shutters. Even awnings can be broken and picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
  • Bring all lawn furniture, grills, trash barrels, bikes, hanging plants, toys, and gardening tools inside or tied down in a secure spot. 
  • Turn off utilities if instructed by authorities to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator and freezer thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Move freezable items from the fridge to the freezer.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Ideally, move any electronics to higher shelves to keep away from water damage.
  • Have your cell phone on a charger so it’s ready to go. Then avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
  • Remember: Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
  • Have on hand: fire extinguisher, emergency/first aid kit, prescription medicines, flashlight/batteries, blankets/sleeping bags, cooking/eating utensils, canned foods, water bottles, jumper cables, paper maps, GPS, toilet paper, toiletries, rain gear, 
  • Stay inside.

https://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane#

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Staying safe during a hurricane

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Staying safe during a hurricane:

  • Stay indoors.
  • Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.
  • Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.
  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radioor TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.

Staying safe outdoors:

  • Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  • If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Don't walk on beaches or riverbanks.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
  • Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

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Hurricane Safety tips & Resources

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Important NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and Emergency Alert System Changes

Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. 

On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms, 2 of which become hurricanes form or move over the area during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Guam, the Northern Marianas and Micronesia experience typhoons all year round but the main season in July through November with a peak from mid-August to mid-September. Over a typical 2-year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, 1 of which is classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater). By knowing what actions to take before the hurricane season begins, when a hurricane approaches, and when the storm is in your area, as well as what to do after a hurricane leaves your area, you can increase your chance of survival. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of a hurricane, please share your story, including the town and state you were in and the year the event took place.. Please note that NS will then have permission to use your story for educational campaigns. Sharing this information may help save someone’s life in the future. Read stories from survivors and learn how to stay safe.

https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane

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Before a hurricane

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Safety

Before a hurricane;

  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Have a pet plan. Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
  • Board up windows.
  • Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
  • Make sure you know which county or parish you live in.
  • Know where all the evacuation routes are.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Have a NOAA weather radio handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm advisories.
  • Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.

https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-safety-hurricane.htm

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Storm Surge

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes:

**Storm Surge**

Storm surge is water from the ocean that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around a hurricane. Storm surge is fast and can produce extreme coastal and inland flooding.  When hurricanes cause storm surge, over 20 feet of water can be produced and pushed toward the shore and several miles inland destroying property and endangering lives in its path.

**Be Informed**

  • Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related death in the United States.
  • Water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, so battering waves from surge can easily demolish buildings and cause massive destruction along the coast.
  • Storm surge undermines roads and foundations when it erodes material out from underneath them.
  • Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. Homeowners and renter’s insurance do not typically cover flood damage

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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When a hurricane is on its way

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

When a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving:

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving:

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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Prepare before a hurricane

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

How to prepare before a hurricane:

Protecting your family;

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children
  • Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well wallet card.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts:
  • Find an online NOAA radio station
  • Search for a NOAA radio app in the Apple Store >> or Google Play>>
  • Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flashdrive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

How to prevent storm damage

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Unplug electronics; You can protect your electronics by unplugging them before a storm hits. You don't want your TV or computer to get fried.

Identify safe rooms in your home. It's a good idea to take some time to consider what the safest rooms in your home are. Ideally, you would pick an interior room with no windows. If there's a tornado watch or warning, you'll want to be in an interior room in the basement or lowest level of the house.

Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan and where they should shelter in the house. Shutter your windows.

Close the shutters and secure the doors. If you don’t have shutters on your windows, close any blinds or curtains you have.

Create a disaster kit- 

A disaster kit can really help your family if you have to weather a severe storm. Think about what to include in a disaster kit for your family, make a list, and assemble your kit. watch the weather. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather by listening to the radio, watching TV, or getting weather alerts on your phone. Find out how your community communicates a weather emergency and heed their warnings. Remember: A severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are perfect for a big storm.  A bad storm could be imminent. A severe thunderstorm warning means that there is a severe storm in your area and you need to shelter immediately. 

https://insurancehub.com/prevent-storm-damage/

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Protect your home

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane proof your home- 

Powerful windstorms and hurricanes can cause weak places in your home to fail. Hurricanes are responsible for eight out of the 10 most expensive natural disasters to have hit the U.S. High winds (and water) can wreck your stuff and, at worst, rip the roof off your house.

Even if you don’t live in a hurricane-prone area, making your home impact resistant can protect against tornadoes and other high-wind storms. Here are ways you can windproof:

  1. Add truss bracing to homes with gabled roofs, which are more prone to hurricane wind damage. The bracing uses wood beams to attach the rafters at the ends of gable roofs to boost stability.
  2. Install impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors.These can inhibit high winds that cause structural damage from entering your home. Impact-resistant features like these come with additional perks. They can:
  • Protect your home from intruders
  • Reduce outside noise
  • Stop warm or cool air from escaping
  • Entitle homeowners to a discount on home insurance

If you're considering shutters, keep in mind, they may not be the best long term investment:

  • They’re not convenient. You have to put up the shutters and brace your garage door whenever a storm is coming, and that can be potentially dangerous. Most homeowners don’t have the tools, time, or experience to properly install them.
  • They may not resist high wind pressures as effectively during Category 4 or 5 hurricanes. This is especially true for older, less wind-resistant homes, and if your garage door is made of wood.
  • New windows and garage doors, in general, have more value when it’s time to sell.

https://www.houselogic.com/finances-taxes/home-insurance/extreme-weather-climate-change/

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Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Clear Your Yard

Next, take steps to protect your home from objects that take flight during a storm. Do a little yard work. Remove all dead and dying limbs from your trees, and secure lawn furniture, trashcans, flowerpots and other yard ornaments. 

Disconnect and remove exterior television antennas from the roof. Then take all lawn furniture, grills, potted plants and other lawn accessories inside your house. If you can’t secure lawn furniture or other outdoor items, bring them inside as well. High-speed winds could transform any of these objects into flying missiles. 

Tie down the larger items such as sheds, doghouses, playhouses, swing sets and boats. 

Prepare to Shelter-in-Place

Finally, stock your cupboards and closets with anything you might need if you have to take shelter inside your house during a summer storm. Keep a battery-operated radio, several flashlights in case you lose electricity, and plastic sheeting to cover exposed areas. 

Fill your drawers with brand new packages of live batteries for the flashlights. Stash canned foods and other non-perishable food items in your cupboards in case you can’t get out to the supermarket for a while. And pile blankets into your closets in case you lose electricity and your house becomes cold. 

When you and your house are prepared, you’re more likely to weather the toughest storm. Taking time now to prepare your home for storm season could save you a lot of money later.

https://www.nahb.org/consumers/homeownership/homeownership-articles/protect-your-home-from-severe-weather.aspx

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How to prevent storm damage to your home:

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Clean your Gutters

Okay, gutters and downspouts are gross. We get that. There are soggy leaves and dirt in there. But the thing is that the grossness can block the water that needs to run off your roof during a storm. If the water builds up, it can settle around your roof and house, which isn’t good. That can cause water damage to your home.

So, even though this might not be your favorite chore, cleaning the gutters should definitely be on your summer home maintenance checklist.

Inspect the foundation of your home.

If there are any gaps or cracks in your house’s foundation, water could seep into your home during a heavy rain and cause major water damage. Water is crafty and will find entry points. Repair any cracks you find and call a professional if you need backup.

Also, don’t forget to check the sealing on your windows and doors. This is another place where water might sneak in.

https://insurancehub.com/prevent-storm-damage/

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What storm damage might look like

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes, the signs of a damaged roof are pretty obvious, like water spots on a ceiling or curled, buckling or missing roof shingles. You may also see broken or damaged roof flashing, wet walls, water issues around your home’s exterior, or winter ice damming.

What to look for:

  • Shingle condition. Missing shingles are one obvious sign, but pay attention to the granule buildup on your shingles as well as early signs of damage. Hail storms can cause dings and dents in asphalt shingles and should be noted as well.
  • Missing flashing along the edges of the roof and along skylights, vents, and chimneys.
  • Loose or pealing sealant along those same penetration points.
  • Water damage in the attic or along the ceiling.

Other time, the signs aren’t so obvious, which is when it might be time to call in a professional roofing expert. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners get their roof inspected by a professional twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring.

https://longroofing.com/blog/i-suffered-storm-damage-to-my-roof-what-should-i-do-next/

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Cleaning up after a storm

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Up After a Storm

  • Be very careful climbing ladders or working on roofs.
  • Use extreme caution if using a chainsaw to cut trees or branches.
  • Cover leaking roofs before the next rain to prevent further water damage.
  • Remove wet rugs and carpet from floors.
  • Open windows and run fans if you have water damage in your home.

Dealing with Insurance Companies After a Storm

  • Document damage to your home before clean up with photos or video, and compile a written list of damaged items.
  • Read your homeowner insurance policy thoroughly to see what is and isn’t covered before contacting the insurance company.
  • If you have trouble contacting your insurance company, try a multipronged approach including phone calls, emails, faxes, and letters.

Hiring a Contractor for Repairs

  • Except for emergency repairs, check with your insurance company before hiring a contactor.
  • Avoid “fly by night” contractors who are not from your area.
  • Check the local homebuilder’s association for recommendations of reputable contractors.
  • Get several written bids and understand exactly what each bid includes as far as the work to be done and the materials used.
  • Be persistent but patient since reputable contractors may be overwhelmed with work after a storm.

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/dealing-with-storm-damage-to-your-home/

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Protect your home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

During severe weather, your house may endure the brutal conditions of tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other punishing storms.

Take the time now to equip your home with the accessories it will need to survive a storm. Don’t wait until the forecast calls for severe weather because you may not have enough time to take necessary preparations. Review Your Insurance Policies

Before you do anything else, look over your insurance policies to make sure you’re covered for losses incurred as the result of a natural disaster or brutal storm. Damage caused by flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes is generally not covered by your regular homeowner’s policy, but can be purchased separately. Make lists or videotapes of your belongings as documentation for the insurance company, and keep that documentation in a safe location away from your house.

https://www.nahb.org/consumers/homeownership/homeownership-articles/protect-your-home-from-severe-weather.aspx

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How does storm damage affect my home overtime?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage and wood rot

A roof, gutters, and siding that work as they will prevent water and ice from dripping down your home and soaking into the wood. Over time and without proper maintenance, however, storm water can infiltrate your home and lead to serious problems like mold and wood rot. This is especially common during the cold and damp winter months and wet and humid summers.

Letting water penetrate your home over time can ultimately compromise the integrity of your home. You may have to pay for expensive repairs and replacements, as well as evacuate your home while professionals deal with dangerous mold and mildew. Water-related problems are serious and require professional attention. The best thing you can do for your home is to prevent water infiltration by keeping up with house maintenance.

https://www.mrroof.com/blog/storm-damage-affect-home-time/

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Protect your home from storm damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your home from storm damage:

  1. Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows: Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off.
  2. Check for loose fence posts: Wind will surprise you. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep.
  3. Regularly trim your trees: Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.
  4. Walk around your property: A lot of people don’t have the time or skills to check and/or repair everything on their property before storm season kicks up. But, if you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact. Like identifying the items around your property that could become projectiles.That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.
  5. Keep a generator on hand: A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours — or days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.

https://www.reinbrechthomes.com/10-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-storm-damage/

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Tornado averages

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

The U.S. averaged 1,239 tornadoes annually during the 20 years from 1998 to 2017, 55 percent of which were sandwiched between April and June.

May has seen the most tornadoes each year, with an average of 279. This is followed by June and April, which average 213 and 192 tornadoes per year, respectively. The sheer number of tornadoes from April through June isn't the only thing that makes this such a dangerous time of year – tornado intensity is also a factor. 

https://weather.com/storms/tornado/news/2018-03-27-april-may-june-tornadoes-peak-months

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STORMS

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Thursday through Saturday

A flash flood watch continues for much of North Texas through 7 p.m. Thursday. The watch includes Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties.   A cold front expected to move through North Texas on Thursday could bring some added moisture to the area, which may allow rain chances to linger through Saturday, weather service meteorologist Juan Hernandez said.

The area saw more than double the amount of normal rainfall for the month of April, with 6.75 inches of rain recorded at DFW International Airport. May is usually the rainiest month of the year, with an average of 4.9 inches.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/04/29/rain-possible-week-dallas-fort-worth-along-chance-flooding-severe-weather

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Tornado season

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year to start worrying about the spring storm season. And one private weather forecaster, AccuWeather, is predicting a higher frequency of severe storm risks in Tornado Alley, which will include parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is often considered to be on the southern end of Tornado Alley, though one study has suggested it may be shifting eastward.

“We believe that the more traditional severe weather region of the central and southern Plains will have a higher potential for tornadoes and severe weather more frequently than they have experienced on average the past three years,” Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s Lead Long-Range Meteorologist, said in a news release.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article226799754.html

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HURRICANE SEASON 2018: WHEN WILL IT END, BE OVER?

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

The hurricane season for 2018 may be coming to an end in November but that doesn’t mean more storms won’t form in the Atlantic or Pacific that can cause significant damage. The latest storm to wreak havoc on the United States, Hurricane Michael, was still making its way out of the country Thursday.

The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, Wednesday and then continued north before crossing over Georgia and heading into the Carolinas and southeast Virginia. The storm was a Category 4 with wind speeds over 150 miles per hour and it caused significant and deadly damage after its arrival in Florida.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic started June 1 and has a few weeks left to go until it’s over. The season runs until November 30 and though storms can happen after the season is over the bulk of them usually happen within the June 1 to November 30 window. Thursday, in addition to Michael, there were Hurricane Leslie and Tropical Storm Nadine in the Atlantic.

In the Pacific, the hurricane season starts a bit earlier than in the Atlantic. The Eastern Pacific season begins May 15 and continues until November 30. Tropical Storm Sergio was brewing in the Pacific Thursday while those on the Atlantic coast were watching the remnants of Michael.

Every hurricane starts as a tropical cyclone and only becomes a hurricane when its maximum sustained wind speeds reach 74 miles per hour or higher. The cyclone first becomes a tropical depression with wind speeds of 38 miles per hour or higher and then a tropical storm when the wind speeds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour. All of these storms originate in tropical or subtropical waters

The Atlantic hurricane season peaks around the middle of September until the end of October. A chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms by month over a period of more than 100 years.

https://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-season-2018-end-when-1165716

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Above average storm activity in 2018

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

'Above-average' storm activity so far in 2018 hurricane season, expert says

The 2018 hurricane season has so far seen above-average storm activity and a near-normal number of major hurricanes, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phillip Klotzbach.

Earlier in the season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's revised forecast issued Aug. 9 noted forecasters expected a "below-normal" season with up to 13 named storms for the entire season, at least four of were to be hurricanes. This hurricane season's first forecast -- issued April 5 -- called for a "slightly above-average" season.  

With approximately 45 days left in hurricane season, the Atlantic has already seen 14.

According to data collected by Klotzbach, the 14 named storms exceeds the 12.1 average for Atlantic storm activity in an entire season. This year has already seen about 82 named stormed days, whereas in years past, about 59 days is the average. There have also been seven hurricanes, surpassing the average five. 

Major hurricanes are ranking at about average; the Atlantic has seen two so far this year, whereas the average is recorded at 2.7. This season has seen five major hurricane days, with an average set at 6.2.Hurricane season extends through Nov. 30. 

https://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/10/2018_hurricane_season_sees_abo.html

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Hurricane Michael

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Michael Treks Through Southeast After Leaving Florida Beach Towns in Ruins, Kills 2; Flooding Swamps North Carolina Towns

When Hurricane Michael made landfall as a high-end Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, buildings along the coast were smashed to pieces, storm-surge flooding lapped at the eaves of beach houses and an Air Force base sustained extensive damage. Two people have died in the storm, which continued to zip across Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday morning.

One death was reported in the Panhandle. A Greensboro man was killed when a tree crashed on his home, according to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower. In southern Georgia, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a carport hit her home in Seminole County. The county coroner later identified her as Sarah Radney.

In Florida, from Panama City through Mexico Beach — where the storm made landfall — and into Apalachicola, houses were swamped or blown apart, roofs were ripped off, boats sank and trees toppled in the high winds. Aerial images at Mexico Beach Thursday morning showed extreme damage, with homes swept completely off their foundations and destroyed and few properties left standing along the coast.

"Mexico Beach took the brunt," FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. "That’s probably ground zero."

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-10-11-hurricane-michael-damage-florida-georgia-alabama-carolina

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Tropical Storm Rosa

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Rosa is about to make landfall and drench the arid Southwest

Deserts aren't supposed to get much rain, but Tropical Storm Rosa is flipping the script.

Rosa is expected make landfall Monday evening on Mexico's Baja California, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.The storm will douse Baja California with 3 to 6 inches of rain, with some spots getting up to 10 inches, the National Hurricane Center said.As it moves northeast Rosa will also dump 2 to 4 inches of rain on much of Arizona, with up to 6 inches in the Arizona mountains.  Historically, it's unusual for the US Southwest to get pummeled by a hurricane or tropical storm. But "these events have begun to increase in recent years," Norman said.Research indicates that global warming contributes to tropical storms getting "more intense, bigger and longer-lasting, thereby increasing their potential for damage," said Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.While there might not be a direct link between global warming and the recent increase of severe storms in the US Southwest, "it is possible that this could be a side effect of climate change," Norman said."Warmer oceans are allowing eastern Pacific storms to reach higher latitudes," he said. "This was not the case earlier. It was quite rare for an eastern Pacific storm to even reach Baja California, and this now becoming more common." https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/01/weather/tropical-storm-rosa-wxc/index.html

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Tropical Storm Kirk reemerges, strengthens in Atlantic, forecasters say

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Kirk, which lost strength and had dissipated earlier this week as it crossed the tropical Atlantic, has strengthened and reemerged Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Forecasters say little additional change in strength is expected through Thursday and is expected to weaken as it crosses over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

According to the NHC's 5  p.m. EDT advisory, Kirk was located about 260 miles east of Barbados and about 380 miles east-southeast of Martinique, moving west-northwest at about 18 mph. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with tropical storm-force winds reaching outward up to 115 miles from the center.

NHC's forecast says the center of Kirk will move over the Lesser Antilles by Thursday afternoon.

In the Pacific coast, weather officials are monitoring Hurricane Rosa. Forecasters said it is expected to strengthen but doesn't pose an immediate threat to land.

Tropical storm warning

  • The NHC announced a tropical storm warning for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe with tropical storm conditions that may happen within the next 36 hours.

Tropical storm watch

  • NHC said a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- with tropical storm conditions appearing within the next 36 hours.

Possible rain fall

  • NHC says Kirk can produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands -- with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica. They warn of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Latest forecast track

  • The NHC released an image showing Kirk's forecasted movement through the next couple of days

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-storm-kirk-strengthens-atlantic-national-hurricane-center-latest-forecast-path-track-today-2018-09-26/

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Hurricane Florence Aftermath

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Florence aftermath is a 'nightmare' of swollen rivers, flooding and rising deaths

(CNN)Hurricane Florence's rainfall has stopped, but its "nightmare" destruction isn't over yet.

On Wednesday, thousands of evacuees were urged to stay away from their homes, rivers kept rising, and the threat of floods remained high in North and South Carolina. Many roads remained closed,and thousands of people lack power.President Donald Trump spoke with state and federal officials about 11 a.m. ET at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the Neuse River in North Carolina. Trump said the federal government would do everything necessary to ensure recovery. He praised first responders and said the country mourns with the families of the at least 36 people killed by Florence."Our state took a gut punch and our state is still reeling," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told Trump, calling the storm "epic, disastrous and widespread."  "We've got a long road ahead in the days, in the months and even years ahead to make sure we build back." https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/us/florence-wednesday-wxc/index.html 

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Atlantic hurricane season ramps up again with development of Leslie, Kirk

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Atlantic hurricane season ramps up again with development of Leslie, Kirk

Following a brief lull in tropical weather across the Atlantic Basin, several areas of interest developed this past weekend, including the season's newest named storms.

Tropical Storm Kirk developed on Saturday morning. It formed at 8.3 degrees north latitude, making it the lowest latitude at which an Atlantic named storm has formed since 1902. Kirk weakened into a tropical depression late Sunday evening but is currently a tropical rainstorm. 

Kirk is moving through an area of relatively dry air, which will limit opportunities for intensification, according to Kottlowski.

"Kirk will not be a threat to land during the next few days," Kottlowski said. This will give those potentially in its track plenty of time to prepare.

The first areas to feel the impacts of Kirk will likely be the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean. Swells churned up by the storm could be noticeable on eastern-facing shores by midweek.

"It could threaten parts of the Windward Islands with strong to perhaps damaging winds and heavy rainfall by Thursday or Friday," Kottlowski warned.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Leslie formed on Sunday morning between Bermuda and the Azores. 

Leslie is expected to slowly drift eastward over the next 24-48 hours while it maintains its status as a tropical storm.

No impacts to land are expected during this time, and Leslie will likely dissipate over the open waters of the Atlantic by midweek.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/the-tropics-are-heating-up-again-tropical-depression-kirk-and-subtropical-storm-leslie-churn-in-the-atlantic/70006140

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Hurricane season isn't over yet!

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

There is still more of hurricane season to go': Expert warns another tropical threat may make US landfall

Even though the tropical Atlantic is void of organized storms at this time, conditions may again get busy over the next couple of weeks with a few areas of potential development.

Sept. 10 marked the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season from a climatology standpoint. However, hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30. The coming weeks into mid-October often bring several additional tropical storms and hurricanes. This year may not be any exception.

AccuWeather long-range tropical meteorologists, led by Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, are projecting two to four more tropical storms, of which one or two may become hurricanes, following Tropical Storm Joyce.

There have been 10 tropical storms, of which five became hurricanes. Three named systems, Alberto, Florence and Gordon, made landfall in the United States.

Thus far, Florence has been the only major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in the basin.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/there-is-still-more-of-hurricane-season-to-go-expert-warns-another-tropical-threat-may-make-us-landfall/70006119

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UPDATE on Hurricane Florence

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Expanding in size, violent Hurricane Florence is continuing on a beeline toward the East Coast as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. Catastrophic flooding and destructive winds are becoming very likely in the eastern Carolinas.

Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a strong Category 3  on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs.

The National Hurricane Center is warning of a triple threat in the Carolinas and Virginia:

  1. A “life-threatening storm surge” at the coast — a rise in ocean water over normally dry land.
  2. “Life-threatening freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event” from the coast to interior sections.
  3. “Damaging hurricane-force winds” at the coast and some distance inland.

Like Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over Texas in 2017, Florence could linger over the Southeast for several days after landfall, unloading 15 to 20 inches of rain and isolated amounts to 30 inches. The Hurricane Center said this “could produce catastrophic flash flooding.”

The flooding might be similar to or worse than what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the storm, due to both destructive winds and storm surge which could place normally dry land under at least 10 feet of water.

“All interests from South Carolina into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials,” the Hurricane Center said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/09/11/hurricane-florence-watches-posted-as-extremely-dangerous-florence-churns-toward-carolinas/?utm_term=.ecf5ee1a8b4f

 

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Hurricane Florence headed to Carolina

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Approximately 800 South Carolina National Guard soldiers and airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence, according to a statement from the 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.

The guard personnel are deploying from McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Columbia and heading to Bluffton, South Carolina, for assignment, according to the statement.

 

What we're covering here

  • Hurricane Florence has its sights set on the Carolinas, and if it hits as hard as predicted, the storm will be the most powerful to pound the area in three decades.
  • ETA: The storm is expected to approach the Southeastern US coast on Thursday as a Category 4 storm or higher. Track it here.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/hurricane-florence-dle/index.html

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Hurricane Florence

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

MIAMI —

After intensifying into a major hurricane, Florence substantially weakened and was reclassified as a tropical storm Friday morning with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

"Florence's structure continues to be negatively affected by strong southwesterly shear," the National Hurricane Center wrote in a 5 a.m. update. 

>>>Checklist: Be prepared for a hurricane

However, in the next 48 hours, the storm is expected to restrengthen.

On Wednesday, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, with maximum sustained winds peaking at 130 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is expected regain major hurricane intensity (Category 3 or greater) by early next week -- as the storm moves northwest, getting closer to the US coastline by the day.

It's too early to tell if the storm will make landfall somewhere on the East Coast, or if it will turn harmlessly back to sea.

Still, there are some troubling signs in the major computer models that meteorologists use to predict hurricane tracks a week or more in advance.

The European and American models have shifted westward in the past two days, consistently showing a menacing hurricane coming dangerously close to the Eastern Seaboard.

There are dozens of different models and versions of forecast tracks that meteorologists have among their forecasting tools, and a majority still show the center of Florence staying offshore -- but most track it close enough to cause some impact next week.

Florence should track south of Bermuda early next week but will be close enough to bring gusty winds and dangerous surf conditions. Large swells will also begin affecting the Southeastern US coastlines, with larger waves and rough surf as early as this weekend, increasing through next week.

Florence's track will depend on the development and movement of a number of weather systems as the storm gets steered by a large ridge of high pressure in the Eastern United States and northern Atlantic as well as the progress of a low pressure trough across the country.

But East Coast residents can feel reassured about one thing: More than 75 storms have passed within 200 miles of Florence's current location in the Atlantic since hurricane records began in the 1850s, and not a single one made a US landfall.

Even if Florence stays out to sea, models show other systems developing over the Atlantic, almost on cue as the hurricane season hits its peak Monday. The eight weeks around then often are prime time for the conditions that fuel powerful storms.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a couple of other tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic that it says are likely to develop into tropical storms in the next several days.

https://www.wesh.com/article/tropical-storm-florence-expected-to-restrengthen/22976790

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Tropical Storm Gordon

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

Tropical Storm Gordon continued to gain strength Tuesday morning and is expected to become a hurricane by the time it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast, including coastal Mississippi -- just as the hurricane season reaches its peak period.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued Monday for parts of Louisiana for residents in areas outside the levee protection system. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. ET that the storm was centered 145 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 mph. After making landfall, it is expected to charge inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

"Tropical Storm Gordon is forecast to intensify to a minimal hurricane before making landfall near Mississippi tonight before midnight," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday. "Luckily the storm will be a quick mover lessening impacts from being a prolonged event."

The hurricane warning was placed into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday.

"Heavy rain will accompany Gordon along its track, spreading an extensive swath of 3 to 6 inches will locally higher amounts," Dean said. "Severe thunderstorms will also be likely over parts of the Gulf Coast with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/04/tropical-storm-gordon-threatens-gulf-coast-hurricane-warning-in-place.html

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HURRICANE SEASON IS COMING TO LIFE

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Weather models have flipped the switch': Hurricane season coming to life in the Atlantic

The sleeping giant may be about to awaken.

Hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is forecast to ramp up over the next couple of weeks. "Weather models have flipped the switch on the Atlantic hurricane season and see multiple areas of development possible starting mainly this weekend," weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.  

One storm could spin up in the Caribbean over the next couple of days and potentially affect Florida over the Labor Day weekend. Looking further ahead, "there is the potential for two or three tropical features spinning over the Atlantic by the second weekend in September," AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The next tropical storm or hurricane in the Atlantic basin will be called Florence.

One of the reasons for the predicted uptick in activity is that wind shear, which tends to rip apart developing hurricanes, appears to be decreasing. "There are signs now that wind shear may drop over a significant part of the Atlantic basin over the next couple of weeks," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

However, it's still too early to predict exactly where or when any storm might form or whether a storm will affect land areas.  

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/29/hurricane-season-coming-life-atlantic/1132669002/

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Hurricane Lane has a successor

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

TROPICAL STORM MIRIAM PATH: HAWAII'S HURRICANE LANE HAS A SUCCESSOR

Thankfully, Miriam is not likely to come near Hawaii. Although its current path is expected to track west until Wednesday, Miriam will then begin heading north. At its closest, it should be around 600 miles east of Hawaii.

Tropical storms are upgraded to hurricanes once they exceed wind speeds of 74 miles per hour. Miriam is traveling at a speed of around 14 mph. At the time of this writing, there were no warnings in place for the tropical storm.

Just days after Hawaii appeared to avoid the worst from Hurricane Lane, a new tropical storm has formed in the Pacific.

Tropical Storm Miriam has formed about 2,000 miles east of Hawaii, with maximum wind speeds of around 60 miles per hour. According to the National Hurricane Center (NRC), Miriam is strengthening and is expected to turn into a hurricane on Monday night.

“Miriam's cloud pattern and overall convective organization have continued to improve, with a tight comma-cloud pattern now evident in infrared imagery,” the NRC said in a report. “Steady strengthening still appears likely for the next couple of days.”

Thankfully, Miriam is not likely to come near Hawaii. Although its current path is expected to track west until Wednesday, Miriam will then begin heading north. At its closest, it should be around 600 miles east of Hawaii.

Tropical storms are upgraded to hurricanes once they exceed wind speeds of 74 miles per hour. Miriam is traveling at a speed of around 14 mph. At the time of this writing, there were no warnings in place for the tropical storm.

https://www.newsweek.com/tropical-storm-miriam-path-hawaiis-hurricane-lane-has-successor-1091196

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Hurricane Lane brings over 31 inches of rain to the Big Island

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Lane churns toward Hawaii, Big Island has already seen over 31 inches of rain

As Hurricane Lane lurches north, the Category 3 storm has already dumped more than 31 inches of rain on Hawaii's Big Island, bringing catastrophic flooding.

The life-threatening flooding could even lead to landslides or mudslides.

Rainfall rates in the outer bands of the hurricane may reach 1 to 3 inches per hour, meaning flash flood watches will remain in effect through late Friday.

Lane is expected to remain a hurricane for the next 12 to 24 hours but increasing wind shear could weaken the storm more quickly over the next two to three days.

The storm is forecast to pull away from Hawaii by late Saturday.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/extreme-flooding-reported-hurricane-lane-nears-hawaii/story?id=57374083

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Hurricane Lane

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Lane, a major hurricane, could turn toward Hawaii this week

Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as dangerous Category 3 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.

Lane has maximum winds of 125 mph (201 km/h) and is located about 600 miles (965 km) southeast of Hawaii's big island.The storm is currently moving westward at 14 mph (22 km/h) and should continue to move west over the next day or so. But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by late Tuesday and Wednesday, which could put it on track to bring significant impacts to the islands.There has been a significant jump to the north in the forecast models over the past 24 hours, bringing the Hawaiian Islands squarely into the five-day forecast cone issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.  Track the storm hereThe National Weather Service in Hawaii has already issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southern and western portions of the Big Island's coastline."Strong winds associated with Hurricane Lane may impact waters south of the Big Island as early as Wednesday morning, with rough seas and swells expected to increase Tuesday night," according to the NWS.https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/20/us/hawaii-hurricane-lane-wxc/index.html 

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4 things seen in the tropics this past week

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

4 Interesting Things We Saw in the Tropics in the Past Week

At a Glance

  1. Hector was a major hurricane in the northeastern Pacific longer than any other hurricane on record in that basin.
  2. Tropical Storm Debby became the fourth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
  3. Four named tropical cyclones were active at once in the eastern half of the Pacific Ocean.
  4. Typhoon Shanshan scraped parts of mainland Japan.

Several interesting things caught our eye in the tropics in the past week, including Hurricane Hector's length of time as major hurricane in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Debby's formation in the Atlantic Ocean, an active eastern half of the Pacific Ocean and Typhoon Shanshan's scrape with Japan.

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-08-11-interesting-things-we-saw-in-the-tropics-early-august

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7 Predicted Hurricanes

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Atlantic Could Spawn Up to 7 Hurricanes in the 2018 Storm Season

With four storms already in the books, the Atlantic is expected to produce a total of nine to 13 named storms during the six-month hurricane season that ends Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

That’s down from the 10 to 16 systems of tropical-storm strength or greater the agency that oversees the National Weather Service called for in May. Of the total announced Thursday, four to seven could become hurricanes, with only one, or perhaps even none, becoming a major system with winds of 111 miles per hour or more. A storm is named when winds reach at least 39 mph.

“All of these numbers are lower than we predicted in May,” Gerry Bell, hurricane forecaster with the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

http://fortune.com/2018/08/09/atlantic-hurricane-season-2018/

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Subtropical Storm Debby

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

As the 2018 hurricane season enters its busiest months, conditions remain very active in the Pacific.

In the Atlantic, a low-pressure system that had a 20 percent chance for development Monday grew into Subtropical Storm Debby Tuesday morning.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Subtropical Storm Debby formed in the North Atlantic late Tuesday.

  • Location: 1,160 miles west of the Azores
  • Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph
  • Movement: north at 16 mph

At 11 a.m., the  center of Subtropical Storm Debby was located near 1,160 miles west of the Azores. 

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/08/07/hurricanes-hector-john-churn-pacific-atlantic-system-has-50-chance-development/921480002/

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Fewer storms predicted

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Atlantic hurricane season forecast changes for the better with fewer storms predicted

Some good news from top hurricane forecasters: The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season should be quieter than normal, according to a new predictionreleased Monday.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – regarded as the nation's top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 10 named tropical storms will form, of which four will become hurricanes.

That is a sharp decrease from their forecast in April, when they said 7 hurricanes would form. One system, Subtropical Storm Alberto, already formed in May.

If the quiet forecast comes to fruition, 2018 will be a welcome relief after the destructive 2017 season, which saw monsters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tear paths of death and destruction across the Caribbean and the U.S.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/03/hurricane-season-2018-forecast/755215002/

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Hurricane Season in full force

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

 
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a "tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."  Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours. https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/10/us/2018-atlantic-hurricane-season-fast-facts/index.html

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5 Simple Ways To Prevent Hail Damage To Your Car.

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

If you are driving in a storm move your car closer to a building to protect your car from hail damage.

Hail storms can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home and your car! As Texas natives we understand that the weather is unpredictable and you have to be ready for anything! At SERVPRO of Grand Prairie we believe that knowledge is key in preventing further damage to your property. 

Here are 5 simple ways to prevent damage to your property and your wallet!

  1. Stay informed on current weather conditions. As mentioned previously knowledge is key in preventing property damage. And staying aware of incoming storms could save you thousands of dollars in restoration fees. 
  2. If you are caught in a hail storm while driving find covered parking ASAP.

    If you find yourself caught in a hail storm, try to find covered parking as soon as possible. Locate the nearest covered parking examples include; parking garages, gas stations, etc.

  3. Use blankets or hail car cover if you are not near covered shelter.

    If you’re unable to find shelter during a hail storm, to avoid further damage you can cover your car with blankets or a hail car cover. These may not stop all dents from occurring but they will reduce them and save you money.

  4. If you don’t have blankets use your floor mats.

    If you forgot to pack your blankets or a hail car cover, you can use your floor mats to place over your windshield to help prevent the hail from breaking it. The floor mats will break the fall of the hail and assist in preventing further damage. 

  5. If you are driving in a storm move your car closer to a building to protect your car from hail damage. 

    If you noticed the storm coming from a certain direction, move your car to the opposite side to avoid it.

When Storms or Floods hit Grand Prairie, SERVPRO is ready! Category: Storm Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Grand Prairie

SERVPRO ofGrand Prairie specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Grand Prairie, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROgrandprairie.com/storm-flooding-restoration that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (972)602-1112

Lightning Storm Safety Tips For Grand Prairie Residents

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm damage in Grand Prairie

A Flash of Lightning!

There is electricity in clouds, fueled by billions of electrically charged frozen raindrops. These frozen drops bump into each other as they move around in the air. All of these collisions create an electric charge. When the amount is very great it makes a spark- a flash of lightning! Storms can be terrifying! Especially if you and your family are not prepared.

When battling the forces of nature it is imperative that you are equipped with everything you can to survive. As water and fire damage restoration specialists it is our duty to repair local Texan's homes and businesses from natural disasters. And here at SERVPRO of Grand Prairie we believe knowledge and prevention is key. So, here are a few storm safety tips to help keep you and your family safe in these disastrous times. 

Storm Safety Tips for Grand Prairie Residents

  • When storms are approaching, seek shelter. It is always safer to be indoors. If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile. Do not take shelter in sheds or small buildings located in open areas.
  • Avoid large or tall objects that may attract lightning. Be sure to steer clear of tall isolated trees, telephone poles, or communications antennas, and being taller than your surroundings such as standing in an open field. 
  • Abstain from taking a shower or bath during a lightning storm.  
  • If lightning begins while you are swimming or boating, promptly leave the water.
  • If you are outdoors, avoid contact with metal surfaces and do not carry anything made of metal. Stay away from metal fencing and pipes, as these objects are conductors of electricity. Also, avoid contact with metal farm equipment, metal vehicles or other metal objects (such as tractors, golf carts or railroad tracks. 
  • When outdoors in an open area, seek shelter in a low spot such as a ditch. If you are in a wooded area, seek shelter in a thick cluster of small trees. 
  • Before lightning strikes, your hair may begin to stand on end. Immediately drop to your knees and make your body into a ball, making as little contact with the ground as possible. Do not lie flat – the wet ground can conduct electricity

If your Grand Prairie Home or Business Has Storm Damage? Call Us Today (972)602-1112

11 Days ti'll Christmas

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Christmas facts....

 1. The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.

2. The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.

3. In Poland spiders are considered to be symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas. In fact, spiders and spider webs are often used as Christmas tree decorations. According to legend, a spider wove baby Jesus a blanket to keep him warm.

4.The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch legend. A poor man had three daughters for whom he could not afford to provide a dowry. St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down his chimney and gold coins fell out and into the stockings drying by the fireplace. The daughters now had dowries and could be married, avoiding a life on the streets.

5. “White Christmas”, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Winter Wonderland”, “The Christmas Song” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” plus the melody for “O Holy Night” were all written or co-written by Jews.

Source: http://thefactfile.org/interesting-facts-christmas/

What to do when a hurricane is heading your way!!

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

While there are a number of other dangerous weather situations that can pop up two of the most severe are hurricanes and tropical storms. These are storms that can cause property damage, flooding and if people are not prepared could cause a loss of life.

Both hurricanes and tropical storms originate in tropical areas and are differentiated by severity. Both have heavy winds and rain. However, hurricanes are generally stronger storms with more rain and stronger wind. Regardless of the severity, they both are dangerous and people need to prepare in the event of being in the path of a strong storm.

In the event of hearing that a hurricane or tropical storm is coming to your area, there are a few things to be prepared in order to remain safe. If you find yourself in the path of a major storm the first thing is to make sure you get inside a secure building. Also, securing any doors and windows in advance of the storm may prevent any injury.

BEFORE A HURRICANE:

  • Have a disaster plan ready. List SERVPRO Grand Prairie as a contact to assist after the storm has hit, 972-602-1112
  • Have a pet plan. Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
  • Board up windows.
  • Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
  • Make sure you know which county or parish you live in.
  • Know where all the evacuation routes are.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Have a NOAA weather radio handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm advisories.
  • Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.

DURING A HURRICANE:

  • Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
  • Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
  • Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
  • If your home isn’t on higher ground, go to a shelter.
  • If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.

AFTER A HURRICANE:

  • Stay indoors until it is safe to come out.
  • Check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
  • Watch out for flooding which can happen after a hurricane.
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooding water.
  • Stay away from standing water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

Don’t drink tap water until officials say it’s safe to do so.

Freeze Storm

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

With the sudden change in temperature meteorologists are predicting that we could be experiencing freezing temperatures soon. With this in mind it is wise to be proactive to keep your pipes from freezing and then bursting.

To prevent water pipes from freezing in cold weather:

  1. Open cabinet doors under sinks located on outside walls.
  2. Leave hot and cold water dripping in faucets.
  3. Put foam covers over outdoor spigots.
  4. Insulate water pipes with foam pipe insulation.

In the case that we do encounter freezing temperatures and you faced with a broken pipe please feel free to contact us to help. SERVPRO Grand Prairie will be more than happy to assist you in minimizing the damages to your home or business.

SERVPRO Grand Prairie: 972-602-1112.

LIGHTNING/ HAIL... What do you do?

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

What do you do when you have checked the weather, it states no rain in the forecast and then you wake up to pouring rain, lightning strikes, and hail? This was our issue this morning.

So I checked my phone last night there was no rain in the forecast! As I am getting ready to come to work it's pouring outside and the thunder is so loud that my dogs are going crazy. Then I open garage door and there is hail coming down like crazy. Obviously the weatherman didn't get it right today.

If you woke up this morning to the same situation then it is highly possible that you extremely frustrated because of the traffic and because everyone seems to be driving irrationally.

Did your home get struck by hail? If so we are here to help.

Hail damage can lead to roof damage and roof damage to water damage. If you experiencing water damage in your home or business due to our unexpected storm please call us we are here to get you back in preloss condition as soon as possible. Do not leave what can be taken care of today for tomorrow. Leaving a water damage unattended can be very pricey in long run. What may seem very minimal can lead to mold damage. Who wants to deal with MOLD?

Did your home get struck by lightning? If so we are here to help.

When lightning strikes it can be very devastating. Lightning striking sometimes causes fires. SERVPRO can assist you in helping tarp your roof, determining between salvageable and non-salvageable contents, tree removal, cleaning soot, packing out contents, etc. We are a phone call away!  

Call us:

972-602-1112~ 817-557-1447~ 817-557-1505