Springtime Means an Increased Chance for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Spring is here, and while it’s always a welcome season, it can also come with some increased weather threats. Be sure that you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature may decide to throw our way by reviewing these tips.
With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine. It can also bring unpredictable weather, often severe, throughout the country. It’s a time of year where the weather may change at moment’s notice.
Unstable temperatures cause changes in the weather, and temperatures can go from warm to cold in a matter of hours, resulting in extreme weather.
Thunderstorms become more common during spring and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.
Severe thunderstorms were the most common cause of natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.
Storms of these type can cause flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.
At this point in weather predictions, we may not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the tools available to at least predict the possibility for severe weather. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.
Take a look at some of the things you can do to prepare your home for the chance of severe weather:
- Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
- Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
- Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.
Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:
- Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
- Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
- Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
- A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
- 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bag
Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.