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Common Types of Storm Damage Caused by Thunderstorms

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

The weather can be unpredictable here in West Tampa, thunderstorms can be commonplace and with them can come the chance for significant storm damage.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year throughout the world.  In the U.S., the number typically comes to around 100,000 thunderstorms per year, with 10% of those considered severe.

Are you familiar with the most common types of damage caused by thunderstorms?

Damage Created By Thunderstorms 

There are many aspects of a thunderstorm that can prove dangerous, but one of the greatest risks is the chance of flying debris due to high winds.

In a severe thunderstorm, wind speeds can gust in excess of 57.5 mph, which can cause significant damage to your property.

Take the time to secure items in your yard prior to any thunderstorms rolling through.  Even the most harmless-seeming of items can turn into a projectile, such as tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans when high winds occur. 

Besides wind damage, thunderstorms can also produce the following damage:

  • Lightning damage. If lightning strikes a home or building, that electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This could severely damage any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet. Lightning can also result in the starting of fires.
  • Tornado damage. Tornadoes are extremely destructive, and they can have wind speeds reaching upwards of 200 mph in the worst of occurrences. Tornadoes can do severe structural damage in a very short amount of time.
  • Hail damage. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year? Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows.
  • Flood damage. It is not uncommon for heavy rains to accompany a thunderstorm, and occasionally, that can lead to flash flooding. These floods can damage structures, tear trees out of the ground and sweep things away.

When you experience damage to your home or business as a result of a  thunderstorm, know that the team at SERVPRO® of West Tampa is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration. Call us:(813) 855-0888

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