Thunderstorms and the Damage They Bring | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
When we are in the spring and summer seasons, thunderstorms can happen any day. These storms can also bring a chance for property damage.
How much do you know about the different types of damage that is caused by thunderstorms?
Across the world, approximately 16 million thunderstorms occur annually. The United States can account for approximately 100,000 of those storms, with 10% of them falling into the severe category.
In order for a thunderstorm to develop, there are certain conditions necessary—such as moisture and rising unstable air that is accompanied by a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion.
Thunderstorms go through three stages during their life cycle: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. The mature stage is the stage that will produce hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes.
While there are many different dangerous aspects that thunderstorms can produce, one of the greatest risks is the chance for flying debris due to high winds.
It is possible for wind speeds to reach 57.5 mph or more in strong thunderstorms, and these speeds can be responsible for much damage.
Any item that is loose in your yard, even those that seem harmless, can turn into dangerous projectiles. Take special care to see that potential threats, like fencing, potted plants, garbage cans and tree branches, are secured before a thunderstorm comes around.
Other types of damage besides wind damage can be caused by thunderstorms:
Lightning. Besides being a fire risk, lightning strikes can cause much damage to your home’s electrical systems. As it can pass through wiring, anything plugged in could be damaged.
Tornado. With the possibility of reaching wind speeds of 200 mph, tornadoes are highly destructive. The ability to move quickly over large amounts of land means they can do much damage in a small amount of time.
Hail. Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows. In total, the NOAA estimates that hail causes $1 billion in damage each year.
Flood. With strong storms come heavy rains, and those rains can cause flooding. Flash flooding is often able to damage structures, sweep things away and tear trees from the ground.
If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Pueblo is available 24⁄7 to help with cleanup and restoration.