Why Thunderstorms Are Dangerous | SERVPRO of Marietta West
This time of year, we typically start to experience the result of warm air meeting cold air, which can bring intense bouts of rain, but in particular, thunderstorms. Some storms may pass through with little to no impact, but others leave behind a trail of destruction. The high winds, lightning, pouring rain, flooding, hail and other issues are just a few ways that these storms can become dangerous very quickly.
A thunderstorm is defined as a storm that has thunder and is accompanied by lightning. For it to be classified as a severe thunderstorm, it has hail that is one inch or larger in diameter and brings straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour or more.
Here we will look at some of the ways that thunderstorms can become particularly dangerous to both people and property so that you can prepare and protect what is most important to you the next time one comes through Marietta.
- Lightning Strikes - Lightning is commonly considered the most dangerous elements of a thunderstorm, having recently been reported of being responsible for around 300 injuries every year.. Beyond the injuries to people, lightning can cause damage to homes and businesses, particularly in starting house fires or felling trees that are already at risk of falling and causing damage to property. One important thing to remember is that lightning comes by default with every storm so it can be dangerous even if you don’t see it yet.
- Hail Damage - Hail is known to cause damage to just about everything it touches. If hail comes with a severe thunderstorm, the one inch (or larger) hail can can produce unparalleled damage to uncovered cars, roofs, sidings of houses, and especially people and pets if they are not adequately protected by shelter. The speed at which hail falls makes it an especially painful and powerful force.
- Flash Flooding - Even for those not in a formally identified floodplain, flash flooding can still be present and bring with it serious problems. Flash floods can occur at any time, particularly when there is heavy rainfall. If storm drains are clogged and back up or if small roadside ditches become filled with water, roadways can quickly turn into life-threatening scenarios in the event of heavy rain. If there is a flooded roadway, drivers should use all caution and not attempt to cross it. This is a situation where damage to a vehicle is highly likely to occur, and can even carry a car away with the tide.
Being as prepared as possible for a thunderstorm is best, but is not a way to guarantee damage will not happen to homes or commercial buildings. If you have damage to a recent storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us today to learn more about our storm restoration processes.
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SERVPRO of Marietta West is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Marietta community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events. We are proud to serve Marietta, Fair Oaks, Smyrna and Kennesaw.
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An immediate response is critical to minimize storm damage, and can reduce cleaning and restoration costs. If you find standing water in your home or your basement floods, toilet overflows, or sewage backs up; A quick response by our certified technicians, like those found as SERVPRO of Marietta West, can halt damages in there tracks and prevent invasive demolition and other time consuming and costly actions. Our highly trained technicians are well versed in property damage restoration for both residential and commercial structures. Rest assured our teams are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property to preloss condition.
*If your home or business has suffered storm or water damage please call SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467