How Thunderstorms Can Impact Florida This Summer
If you’ve lived in Florida for any amount of time, you know the frequency with which we see thunderstorms. In fact, there is no other place in the United States that sees more thunderstorm activity than Florida. But behind the large, looming gray clouds is the possibility for more than just rain.
There are two types of storms that are common to our area: thunderstorms and severe thunderstorms. But what is the difference between them and how does it impact us? Below we’ll look at some ways that these storms are different and how you can prepare for them.
The Hazards of Thunderstorms and Severe Thunderstorms
Hail and high winds. A thunderstorm is simply defined as any storm that has thunder and lightning. A severe thunderstorm is categorized as such if it is a storm that contains hail of at least one inch or more in diameter and straight-line wind speeds of at least 58 miles per hour. Hail that is over one inch is able to do damage to just about anything it touches, including putting dents in uncovered vehicles and damaging shingles and sidings of homes and buildings. Gusts of wind that are over 58 miles an hour are capable of flipping over a trampoline, toppling trees and even turning over mobile homes!
Lightning strikes. Lighting has recently been reported for being responsible for around 300 injuries every year. Lightning is able to start house fires, felling trees or large limbs that can do serious damage to structures. Because virtually every thunderstorm produces lightning and predicting where and when the next lightning strike will occur is not possible, it’s one of the most dangerous elements of a thunderstorm.
Flash flooding. Designated flood plains are not the only places that have flash floods. Something as simple as a storm drain that is not working properly or a heavy rain that causes a small ditch to overflow can make an otherwise safe roadway extremely dangerous in a very short period of time. Visibility is limited during inclement weather already, but adding standing water on the road and not being able to properly judge its depth makes for an incredibly hazardous element of these storms.
Some storms may pass through without much notice, but others can be dangerous and cause significant damage to businesses or homes. If your property needs a partner in restoration after a storm, we are here for you. Contact us 24⁄7 to find out how we can help.