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Wind damage can lead to water damage

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm picture with lightening strike While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one.

When Lanie Pope says to expect “damaging winds” from a storm she is forecasting, what does she mean exactly? And what does it mean to you a home or business owner? Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph. Often, called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Wind damage can lead to a roof leak and could be covered by insurance depending on your policy.

This type of damage can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage to the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damage from severe thunderstorm winds accounts for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes or hail. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. 

Who is at risk from damaging winds? Anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk of experiencing this hazard. But, people living in mobile homes are especially at risk for injury and death. Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North can help with water damage inside your home or business. For disaster recovery services related to a storm call us directly at 336-744-5104

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