Hurricane Irma’s onslaught to Florida threatened the entire southeastern United States with the potential of devastating tornadoes. A strong hurricane often spawns tornadoes in its outer rain bands due to the intense vertical wind shear and the likelihood of interaction with unstable air. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused an outbreak of 117 tornadoes within a three day period. North Carolina residents are vulnerable to hurricane-spawned tornadoes because of our location, which often sees the effects of the outer edges of a hurricane.
If you find yourself in the path of a hurricane, you will probably be under a tornado watch, which means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. If you are under a tornado warning, spotters have seen a tornado in your area and it is time to find a safe place to wait out the storm. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a tornado:
- The safest place to be during a tornado would be a basement, but if you don’t have one, try to find an interior closet or small, enclosed area.
- Most tornadoes travel from southwest to northeast, so avoid rooms that face south and west if possible.
- Stay away from windows and doors with glass panels.
- Don’t try to film a tornado approaching. Debris can travel miles ahead of a tornado, and the high speeds involved can turn even the lightest pieces of debris into bullets.
At Team Highland Construction, we care about our community. If your home or business should experience damage from a tornado, strong winds or hail, we are here to help. We specialize in storm damage and restoration and are on call 24/7 to assist you.