Heading into fall, means the middle of hurricane season. In 2019, roughly 13 named storms and 5 categorized as hurricanes so far. With the magnitude of the size of hurricanes only being between 800 and 1,200 miles from the Midwest, those tropical storms can cause storms in the Midwest. The Midwest is an area of the country that experiences thunderstorms regularly because the area is a battling ground between warm, humid air masses from the Gulf of Mexico and cold, dry air masses from Canada. Tropical storms are known for two hazards, storm surge and inland flooding, but they're capable of spawning another hazard: tornadoes. A tropical storm has all the ingredients necessary to form a tornado. They have multiple supercell thunderstorms, they contain the necessary instability between warm and cold air, and they create wind shear, an abrupt change in wind speed and direction which can create swirling vortices of air. Thunderstorms are extremely common in the Midwest in early fall. Thunderstorms pose a number of risks to your home ranging from heavy wind and flooding to hail and direct lightning strikes. These can lead to damage to roofs, siding, windows, and any other outdoor structures. Flooding can also have devastating effects.
When storms do happen, let your friends at Blue River Restoration be the ones to get your property or business back in order after the storm.