Dealing With Power Outages And Wind Damage When Spring Storms Hit
The recent storm that ravaged the east coast and the Bronx last week was exceptionally destructive, causing extensive property damage and even three fatalities due to trees falling onto cars that were knocked over by the powerful winds.
It is easy to forget just how dangerous storms of this magnitude can be, but the threat is real, which is why it is so important to be prepared when extreme weather does hit your community.
The winds in this spring storm escalated to 70 mph, which is fast enough to rip the roof off of a building, which is exactly what this storm did just hours away in New Jersey.
Although there were no reports of missing roofs in the Bronx, the winds still whipped through the borough fast enough to knock down trees and power lines, causing home and business owners to be left without power for several days.
These storms are becoming all too common in New York, which is why property owners need to begin preparing in advance for the damages that rainstorms can do to your home or business.
Tornado-Level Winds Caused Large-Scale Property Damage
When winds get to be in the range that is equivalent to a tornado, then there is a very real possibility that you could get hurt if you get caught outside.
It is understandable that you may feel that you need to get to work or be on time to an important appointment, but nothing is more important than your safety. If a storm is raging outside, then staying indoors is your safest bet.
Even though your home is the safest structure to be in during the storm, these winds can still cause damage. The main way this might occur is by tree branches and other objects being blown in through your window, allowing rain and other debris to get inside.
This can create water damage and even flooding, depending on the amount of rainfall. To prevent this, the easiest thing to do is board up your windows. This is the best way to keep the elements out of your property.
The wind itself can also be powerful enough to pummel your building, causing structural damage, but this would be rare unless you were dealing with an actual tornado. So, stay safe and stay indoors until the storm has passed.
Dealing With Power Outages During A Rainstorm
Wind can do more than just cause water and structural damage. It can knock over trees that can topple into power lines and cause power outages. The last thing you want to deal with during a storm is a loss of power, but the reality is that this happens more often than not.
The only thing you can do is wait for repair workers to clean up the trees, repair the damaged power lines and restore you with power. Like this most recent storm has proven, this can take days, or even weeks, so it is important to have a backup plan.
The most basic essentials that can help you during the initial loss of power are flashlights, candles, matches, lighters, battery operated radio and portable chargers. This way you can at least keep your cell phones and laptops charged through the night and have some light.
If you are dealing with a long-term power outage you should purchase some coolers to keep your refrigerated food items in, since it will only last for a few hours in the fridge once it shuts off. Keep track of the status of the electricity so you can continue to take the appropriate measures to stay safe throughout the storm.