Warm weather is great, except when the sky turns a menacing color, your phone pings with an alert, and the kids complain because the cable company is disrupting SpongeBob with a weather bulletin. Sometimes those bulletins make no sense. Storms that seem mild have the meteorologists in a frenzy, while others that seem bad don’t even rate a watch. It’s not the intensity of the rain or even the presence of hail that separates a thunderstorm from one that’s severe. A severe thunderstorm is defined by other standards.
According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, a thunderstorm is a rain shower during which thunder may be heard. Thunder comes from lightning, so there are no thunderstorms without lightning. A thunderstorm becomes severe when it develops hail larger than an inch in diameter, wind gusts in excess of 57.5 mph, or a tornado. They can occur year-round and at any time of day, but are most likely to develop in the spring and summer, during the afternoon and evening. At any moment, there are approximately 2,000 thunderstorms happening somewhere in the world. The U.S. has about 100,000 thunderstorms annually, but only 10% reach severe status.
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued by NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who constantly monitor the weather across the country for conditions that could lead to storms. When a watch is issued, it means that people in the affected area should pay attention to weather reports on TV or radio. A severe thunderstorm warning means that dangerous weather has been picked up on radar or by spotters in the field and it’s time to head to safety. One easy way to stay on top of weather alerts, especially on the go, is to download an app for smartphones. Most come with a weather app preinstalled and it’s worth the time to personalize it or find another.
Storm Damage – Repair and Costs
If you find yourself dealing with too much water from storm damage, or any other reason, call the pros at ServiceMaster by Monroe Restoration, South Bend IN. Their phones are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in most cases they can be on-site within a couple of hours. The sooner the cleanup begins, the less damage will be done. If mold does appear, they have the equipment and training to identify the type of mold and determine the proper remediation.
Costs to repair water damage vary, depending on how much of the building and its furnishings are affected. According to HomeAdvisor.com, the national average is $2,105.00.