The Real Dangers of High Winds in Dutchess County, No Matter the Season
Depending on the season, there are many things that can be dangerous with severe weather events in Dutchess County, which is part of what makes them such a threat.
Any average severe thunderstorm will contain hail, heavy rains, lightning and high winds—any one of which can be extremely frightening and cause serious damage to a home or business. An average snowstorm can cause limbs and trees to fall, gutters to come down, power outages and more.
While there is nothing anyone can do in order to stop severe weather from occurring, we always encourage a preparedness mindset.
Though you can never predict what manner of damage a storm will do, understanding its threats (such as high winds) and knowing how to prepare for them makes all the difference in your overall safety.
High Winds Come with Their Own Dangers
High winds are defined as sustained winds at 40 miles per hour or more, which can be extremely intense. We’ve all seen weather channels showing tornadoes and hurricanes in the south and west but being in person is a very different reality. Here are some of the issues that high winds can present and how you can protect against them:
Objects Becoming Projectiles
Depending on the strength of the wind, nearly any unsecured object outside can become a projectile. Anything from plant containers and garbage cans to patio furniture and outdoor playsets to yard maintenance items and grills can be picked up and moved considerable distances, which also poses a risk for any home or property in the object’s path. Bring any small, loose items indoors before a large storm, and secure any larger outdoor objects with weights or tie downs so they can’t get uprooted.
Downed Trees and Power Lines
Winds can actually blow over trees and power lines if the force is correctly applied, which can be extremely scary. While there is not much you can do regarding power poles on your street, you can trim back any overgrown trees and have any weakened or dead ones removed so they are less of a liability. Have a tree professional do an assessment on the ones growing near your house to see if they require cutting back or are frail and diseased. One of the most common damages we see during storms are trees falling on homes and causing a myriad of problems.
Secure Doors and Windows
Making sure all doors and windows are closed and latched is something that can be easily forgotten, but is so important. Broken glass is extremely hazardous, and if a window or a door is not properly sealed, water damage can become a secondary hazard after the storm passes. Do a thorough inspection of your home after a storm and address any issues promptly. The quicker you have any problems remedied, the better your chances of avoiding secondary damages.
If you have damage to your property from severe weather, you can always count on us. We are here for you 24/7 to take action on your damage claims. Contact us no matter where and when.