Understanding The Storm
In our region, we see a variety of seasons throughout the year. Snow, rain, and wind all cause various problems for areas of our community, and we want to make sure that the different types of storms are understood.
Snow seems to come and go throughout the Winter months lately, but it never hurts to thoroughly understand what can happen. A blizzard is classified as a storm with blowing snow and winds of 40mph or higher, over a span of at least four hours. Blizzards can cause frigid temperatures, which can sometimes be dangerous to breath in, along with poor visibility when driving.
Heavy rainfall and high winds, along with lightning and thunder, can be considered a thunderstorm. However, there are severe thunderstorms as well. A thunderstorm is “severe” when there is hail that is one or more inches in diameter and winds that exceed 57.5mph. The high winds and heavy rainfall can create flooding and even the removal of siding, porch objects, and shingles.
If high winds are removing the siding and shingles from your home, while it’s raining excessively, it can cause flooding and/or any form of water damage. Rain can creep its way inside through tiny cracks in walls, spouting, and windows. This is why it’s important to weather proof your home when you’re sure there is a severe thunderstorm coming.
Ice storms include freezing rain, which sticks and freezes everything that it comes into contact with. This leaves roads more slippery than if there were only snow on them, which creates a greater danger to our community. Cold temperatures can cause pipes in your home to freeze and burst, leaving you with water damage. No worries though, SERVPRO of Hancock County can help you immediately, as we provide 24/7 Emergency Service to the Hancock County area.