Is Your Home Prepared for a Hurricane?
IS YOUR HOME PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM?
THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON RUNS FROM JUNE 1 TO NOVEMBER 30.
An average hurricane season produces:
12 named storms(winds of 39 mph or higher)
6 hurricanes(winds of 74 mph or higher)
3 major hurricanes(winds of 111 mph or higher)
Due mainly to storm surge, high winds and heavy rainfall, these storms can inflict major, expensive damage on the homes in their path. In fact, the five costliest tropical cyclones in U.S. history have all occurred within the last 15 years:
If you live in an area that could be affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, you should know what to expect what to expect and how to prepare your home in order to protect your family and minimize your financial losses.
What Should You Expect?
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale uses wind speed to estimate the potential for danger and destruction in a storm. If a storm is forecast for your area, you will know what to expect based on the category falls into:
Surge: 4 feet or less
Wind: 39 to 73 mph
Potential effects: Wind may cause minor damage to roofs, siding and gutters. Large tree branches may snap, and shallowly rooted trees may fall. Even a tropical storm can bring heavy rain and lead to flood damage.
Surge: 4-5 FEET
Wind: 74 to 95 mph
Potential effects: Like a tropical storm, a Category 1 hurricane may produce only slight wind-related damage. However, if there is a prolonged period of rain, flooding can occur in areas near the coast, bays, rivers and creeks.
Surge: 6-8 feet
Wind: 96 to 110 mph
Potential effects: High winds can loosen roof shingles, siding and gutters, cause tree branches to snap and uproot trees. You should expect some power outages to occur and last for a few days. Flooding is likely.
Surge: 9-12 feet
Wind: 111 to 130 mph
Potential effects: The wind can inflict structural damage to a home, including the removal of roof decking and gable ends. Damage from snapped branches, uprooted trees and flying objects also will occur.
Surge: 13-18 feet
Wind: 131 to 155 mph
Potential effects: Power outages could last weeks or months due to downed trees and power poles. The wind could easily remove a home's roof structure and exterior walls. Water damage may be significant.
Surge: 19-plus feet
Wind: 156-plus mph
Potential effects: Homes may be destroyed completely by the force of the wind. You can also expect widespread, long-lasting power outages and flooding. Even small objects can become flying missiles in these conditions.