The hurricane season unofficially starts in June and ends in November. This window of time spotlights the propensity for damage during the Atlantic hurricane season, where the East Coast of the United States is bombarded with weather activity. For homeowners, the dangers of a hurricane are much too familiar, especially with storms like Hurricane Matthew causing more than $4 billion dollars in damages during the 2016 hurricane season.
The Carolinas are susceptible to hurricanes due to its location, with more than 400 known tropical cyclones affecting North Carolina alone. Tropical storms and hurricanes affect the Carolinas in almost every month between May and December, with the majority occurring between August and October, the height of the hurricane season.
Hurricane Facts For Homeowners
Here are some interesting facts about Hurricanes…
- Hurricanes typically form in the warm atmosphere above tropical ocean waters. The Carolinas’ proximity to the ocean causes it to experience storms every year.
- The amount of energy that a hurricane can output is explosive – it’s akin to the energy equivalent of 10 atomic bombs per second.
- A category 5 hurricane has winds greater than 155 mph. Between 1924 and 2016, about 31 hurricanes were category 5 hurricanes. A category 5 hurricane hit North Carolina in 1879. This is assumed because the instrument used to measure wind speeds was blown away right during Hurricane Great Beaufort.
Here are some practical steps you can do throughout the year so that your home is prepared in case of a hurricane or heavy storms:
- Make sure that trees are pruned before the hurricane season starts, and dead trees are removed from the property.
- Entryways should be reinforced with heavy-duty hinges.
- Inspect your roof on a routine basis to make sure all shingles or tiles are secure.
- Make sure rain gutters are clear so water has a way to flow and runoff.
- Invest in storm shutters and garage door braces which all can help fortify vulnerable areas of your home to the wind.
- If you have a porch or carport, be sure any structures attached to your home are firmly anchored to the ground.
- Run and test your pumps and drains to ensure they are working correctly.
- A generator is a great item to keep around. A small generator can keep your refrigerator running, or you can invest in a large generator to run the whole house.
- Check the seals around your windows and doors so sideways-blowing rain cannot get inside during a storm.
- Get familiar with flood insurance. Know your deductible, review the details in your policies, and purchase excess flood coverage if the value of your home exceeds $250,000.
If your home should experience storm damage, Team Highland Construction is here for you. We are experienced in both storm and water damage. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced in making repairs and remodeling. We will help get your home back to looking as good as new. Contact us at 910-485-6738 for a dependable team you can trust.