Predicting Flood Damage in Sweetwater Before a Hurricane
SERVPRO Technicians are Ready and Equipped to Remediate Your Property After a Storm
Hurricanes and tropical storms rank among the worst natural disasters in the world, typically causing billions in damage and claiming many innocent lives whenever they make landfall. While preparing yourself and your home for flood damage in Sweetwater and evacuation is important, one must also take care not to leave too early, or when the storm is unlikely to hit. Determining when it is and is not safe to stay home can be difficult with unclear and inaccurate forecasts, but there are still some warning signs you should heed when a storm is impending. Knowing when and when not to expect flooding could save you a life and your home an unneeded call to SERVPRO.
Angle of Approach
While television depictions of hurricane paths can sometimes instantly conjure worries of flood damage to your Sweetwater home, it is important to keep in mind what direction the hurricane is approaching from. If the storm is coming from the south or southwest, it is likely to lose a significant amount of energy and rainfall potential while passing over other land areas. This typically corresponds to a lower risk of flooding. However, if it is coming directly from the Atlantic, it may not lose as much power and create a devastating impact on your home.
Most hurricanes and cyclones have "arms" of particularly heavy rainfall. This means that while one-half of the hurricane may receive enormous amounts of precipitation, the other half may be relatively light by comparison. Be sure to watch weather radars and determine if the worst rainfall is likely to pass over you.
Paying attention to evacuation warnings is crucial for hurricane survival. While you are probably fine if no evacuation warning has been issued, some homeowners may want to move out of harm's way regardless. If there is a voluntary evacuation notice, this means that risk is high enough to recommend relocation, but not strong enough to start a scramble for inland areas. If a mandatory evacuation is issued, the only safe option is to get yourself and your family out of the area as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Catawba County West is ready after every major storm to help local homeowners rebuild and restore their houses. If your home has suffered storm and flood damage, give us a call at (828) 322-4400.
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