Storms are one of the most damaging incidents that can happen involving the nature, which is a factor that we can not control but, we can prevent or be prepared for when it hit a building. Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. During catastrophic storms and major events, American Loss Company can respond quickly with a team of experts in charge that can solve the damage as soon as possible.
Types of storms
- Derecho Storms
A Derecho is a large series of storms following each other over a path of at least 240 miles with wind gusts of at least 58mph.
These types of storm are hard to predict, but often happen in warm weather in June and July.
Floods occur due to rain and other water rising faster than the drains can handle. Flash floods can leave buildings and roads under several inches of water in a matter of minutes.
Flooding often leads to severe damage to homes and commercial buildings, other property and infrastructure.
Flash floods are responsible for around 200 deaths in the US every year.
- Hail Storms
Hail storms often cause a lot of damage as they are hard and can fall at speeds of up to 120mph.
Damage caused by hailstorms often includes roof, windows and skylights, siding, guttering, as well as other property and vehicle damage.
Whilst small hail stones are most common, the largest hailstone ever seen in the US was 8 inches in diameter, and weighed almost 2 pounds.
- Snow Storms
The hurricane is the most powerful type of tropical cyclone, and is identified by low pressure systems, high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges and swells.
Hurricanes that reach land can be extremely destructive damaging property and affecting infrastructure.
- Ice Storms
Ice storms produce freezing rain which covers everything in ice, making everything slippery, and causing hazardous conditions and potentially affecting homes and vehicles.
Lightning is often to blame for storm damage, and is usually the cause of falling trees, wildfires, structural fires and power outages.
Thunderstorms can cause a wide range of different types of weather, such as hail, tornadoes and flooding. This can cause damage to property.
Lightning strikes from dry thunderstorms, where there is no rain, often cause wildfires.
Tornadoes are extremely dangerous, from the high winds often in excess of 300mph, to the debris carried by these high winds.
Tornadoes are so prevalent in certain states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri that the area is named “tornado alley”. Minnesota lies on the northern edge and sees around 26 tornadoes per year, an average of more than 2 a month.
- Tropical Storms
Tropical storms must have wind speeds of between 39 and 73mph, and are prevalent in the Pacific and Atlantic.
The main damage caused by tropical storms include damage caused by water, and damage caused by debris picked up by the wind.
What are the storm warning signs?
Are you impressed how some people know when there’s a storm coming? What are the storm warning signs they can see that you can’t?
Whilst we all think that we would know if a storm was approaching why do we get caught out so often?
Heard the phrase, the calm before the storm? Wonder where it came from?
Depending on where you are, and the time of year, there are several storm warning signs that you
Here are some of the storm warning signs you should be aware of.
Different cloud types indicate different types of weather.
- Do you know your cumulus from your stratus, or your cirrus from your nimbostratus?
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then perhaps you need to know more about clouds.
The temperature is likely to drop suddenly if a storm is on its way.
- If you’re outside and suddenly feel cold, look at the sky and see if the weather is about to change
3. Darkness often means thunder
It often gets darker when a thunder storm is approaching.
- If the sky suddenly goes black, now might be the time to get back inside, or perhaps find some shelter
4. Animal behavior
Animals are often a good indication of what the weather will do next as their sense of smell and hearing is far better than humans.
Many animals can smell rain from several miles away, and some will become more excitable as the stormy weather approaches.
Birds tend to fly lower if bad weather is on its way, whilst cows often lie down when it’s about to rain. Sheep will huddle together if they sense a storm is imminent.
- What are the animals near you doing?
- If you’re not in the city center or on the highway can you see what cattle and birds are doing?
Perhaps the wind has suddenly changed direction, or has got stronger.
This could indicate that a storm is on the way, and that you should keep your wits about you.
- Major weather moves from west to east
If you’re outside working, and can see the clouds moving from west to east, then perhaps it might be time to come inside
6. Common Sense
Sometimes you just sense something is wrong.
- Perhaps everybody is moving in the same direction trying to get indoors
- Perhaps there’s nobody around and there should be
It’s always a good idea to look at the weather forecast and have some idea of where you’re going and what you will be doing, in case the weather does change.
As impredictible as it seems we still can prevent the collateral effects that a storm can have in a business place, that is why having American Loss Consultant as you first choice to find experts, who can help in the restoration of a storm is the best option, no matter how big or small is the building or how devastating are the damages, we will always find the best help for you and your business.
After a storm the best you can do for your business, in case this was affected besides have American Loss Consultant hired, is check different thing like:
Assess the storm damage
When you’re sure the bad weather is over, and it’s safe to do, you’ll want to assess the storm damage for yourself. Remember if your business place has suffered structural damage after a storm, this could be very dangerous, so it is best to get the professionals in as soon as possible, which is why the best option is hire us, American Loss Consultant.
You’ll want to see whether you can see evidence of missing tiles or broken gutters.
Perhaps there’s an obvious gap in your roof, or fragments of tile or guttering scattered around the garden.
Remember, it’s probably not a good idea to get your ladder out and climb up to have a better look.
Air conditioning unit
Check your air conditioning unit and make sure that it’ not been damaged.
Whilst it might not seem important to check in the midst of winter, you’ll be annoyed if your air conditioning doesn’t work properly when you need it in the summer.
You’ll need to try and spot all the storm damage whilst you’re doing your assessment.
Check for damage caused by your trees, or to by neighbors’ trees, or by fencing that’s blown away.
Again, be careful, and don’t take any unnecessary risks.
The signs of storm damage on the interior of your building will often be quite apparent.
Look out for water staining on walls and floors especially on ground floors.
You’ll want to check for wet insulation or water seepage in the attic, and cracked skylights too, if it is safe to do so.
Remember to take pictures of any damage sustained, if you can. This will help the assessors know what to expect when they come to visit your business place.
From a damaged roof to a broken air conditioning unit or flooded kitchen, a few pictures can make all the difference when it comes to making your place insurance claim.
Don’t throw anything away
It’s important that you don’t throw any damaged items away, as they may be needed by your insurance assessor for your claim.
If you can’t keep a soaking wet carpet or broken TV in your place, then take pictures, and keep samples if possible. A small square of your wet carpet should be enough to prove it was all wet.
Protect your property from further damage
If it’s safe to do so, you’ll need to protect your property from any further damage.
Get some tarp and cover up any obvious holes or broken windows if you can.
It’s a good idea to move things that are in danger, such as kitchen appliances, computers and other electrical equipment and any valuables and personal items.