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Storm Alert: What Can Strong Winds Do To Your Home?

Jun 24, 2014

Powerful winds can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. According to National Severe Storms Laboratory (NOAA), damage from strong thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe weather reports in the lower 48 states and is more common compared to damage caused by tornadoes. People living in thunderstorm-prone areas, such as in most parts of Indiana are at risk for experiencing this hazard.

Indeed, in the past week Northwest Indiana experienced harsh winds – this report from the Chicago Sun-Times:

The second round of storms that tore through Northwest Indiana produced 86 mile-an-hour winds and many power outages, officials said.

“We’re right in the thick of it now,” (Northern Indiana Public Service Co. Spokesperson Nick) Meyer said Monday night. “All we can tell people right now is to continue reporting outages and to stay away from any downed tree limbs or power lines. People tend to think they’re not live, but always assume they are.”

The City of Hammond was hit the hardest, with 7,878 structures without power; followed by Gary with 6, 187 and Crown Point with 4,086. Lowell, Merrillville, Valparaiso and Whiting also experienced significant outages, according to the website.

National Weather Service Chicago Forecast Office Meteorologist Mark Ratzer said he couldn’t confirm there was an actual tornado touchdown. There were, however, 86 mile-an-hour winds and circular cloud movement in the area.

Know that a 65 to 85 Mph winds can cause for branches to be broken off and can push over shallow-rooted trees. It can cause some roof and chimney damage to homes. Meanwhile, an 86 to 110 Mph winds can affect moderate damage. You will see tree trunks snapped in half and it can peel surface off some roofs and can render some damage to gutters or siding. In some cases, it can break windows and other glass, damage exterior doors and destroy attached garages.

Strong winds are not to be taken lightly. It is important that your contractor for roofing in Crown Point IN has fitted your home with a solid protection system to reinforce your home against harsh weather.

Know that storm can hit anywhere at any time the conditions permit. You should keep track of the weather update and when fierce winds are coming your way, be alert and never delay when it’s time to take cover.

Likewise, it would be wise that you invest in hard-wearing windows in Hammond IN such as the top brands Marvin Windows and Great Lakes Windows installed by Rogers Roofing, Inc. We offer custom window solutions and a range of high-quality products in sizes and styles that will fit your aesthetic and practical preference.

Moreover, if your home incurred storm damage, trust us to rush to your place to help you, from complete roof inspections to insurance claims.

(Article Excerpt from Storms leave thousands without power in Northwest Indiana, posttrib.suntimes.com)