Springtime in Indiana – Expect the Unexpected

storm damageIn Central Indiana, rapidly changing weather is part of everyday life, especially in the springtime.  Bright, sunny skies can quickly become stormy and threatening, while fierce thunderstorms are often followed by blue skies and a gentle breeze.  Even though individual damaging weather events can arrive without much warning, we can be prepared in general for those weather events that are common to the Midwest in general and Central Indiana in particular.  Here we outline some of the most common sources of spring storm damage and how you can be ready before they occur.

Lightning Strikes

Thunderstorms are a common feature of spring weather in Indiana. The heat that builds up over the day will create instability in the atmosphere, which results in late afternoon or evening storms. One component of thunderstorms that can prove to be deadly is lightning.  When lightning is present, you should always avoid being outdoors or even near a window.  Beyond just protecting yourself, you should also be prepared for potential damage to your home.  With either a direct hit to non-conductive material (like a roof) or a nearby strike that gets to a home’s wiring, lightning can start a fire in your home.  Aside from installing a lightning protection system or whole-house surge protection, there is little you can do to avoid damage from lightning, but it is important to make sure that your fire alarms are in good working order to alert you in case a lightning strike does cause a fire.

Tornadoes and Straight-Line Winds

Another element of springtime storms that often does a great deal of damage is wind.  Whether the storm brings straight-line winds at higher than normal speeds or swirling winds that form tornadoes, wind can easily damage homes, buildings, and other personal property.  The winds inside a tornado can reach up to 300 miles per hour and form funnels as wide as 2 miles in diameter. While these monster tornadoes are not as common as smaller, less violent twisters, they can form with little or no warning.  Tornadoes can demolish sturdy building in minutes and there is nothing you can do to prevent them.  In the event of a tornado, the most important thing is to find shelter for yourself and those around you.  Find a safe, sturdy building, preferably with a basement, where you can stay until the storm passes.

Flooding

In addition to wind and lightning, spring storms usually bring a lot of rain with them.  While the rain itself is relatively harmless, its accumulation can also cause some danger and damage.  Spring weather patterns often see one round of storms after another, resulting in ground that is saturated and unable to absorb any more water. Creeks and river likewise cannot get rid of excess rainwater fast enough to make room for more rainfall.  An overabundance of rain can easily cause floods in low-lying areas.  If you experience a rainy season, make sure your home is protected with a properly sealed foundation, effective grading of your yard, and a functioning sump pump.

Like we said at the beginning of this article, these kinds of damaging events are unexpected, yet we expect them to happen sometime to someone…and that someone could be you.  When you experience unexpected storm damage, have Moore Restoration’s number (866-484-3322) ready to call.  We are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, and the unexpected for you is our everyday business. We will remediate, restore, and rebuild your structure and contents damaged by wind, water, or fire. With Moore Restoration, you should expect nothing less than full satisfaction and complete restoration.