What causes more damage, wind or water?

Weather.gov suggests you find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

The saffir-simpson scale used by The University of Illinois below shows the damage at specific wind speeds.

Category 1 with wind speeds 74 – 95 causes some damage to trees, shrubbery, and unanchored mobile homes.

Category 2 with wind speeds 96 – 110 causes major damage to mobile homes; damage buildings’ roofs, and blows trees down.

Category 3 with wind speeds 111 – 130 destroys mobile homes; blows down large trees; damages small buildings.

Category 4 with wind speeds of 131 – 155 that completely destroy mobile homes; and lower floors of structures near shore are susceptible to flooding.

Category 5 with wind speeds above 156 causes extensive damage to homes and industrial buildings; blow away small buildings; lower floors of structures within 500 meters of shore and less than 4.5 m (15 ft) above sea level are damaged.

Water damage is just as devastating and you have to watch for flooding both coastal and inland, rip currents and storm surge.

Flooding is a major concern in coastal areas due to the topography of the land. The winds push the water inland and it is not unusual to have 20 inches in a 24 hour period.

Storm surge is another major concern and the University of Illinois says it is often responsible for most hurricane-related deaths.

So the answer to whether wind or water cause more damage is all in the eye of the victim, where the storm hits in relation to where you live, the type of home you have and of course the category of the storm.

Being prepared is of the utmost importance. You can’t stop the storm from happening, however, you can do as much around your home as possible should a hurricane come your way. Stay informed, move all projectile objects, shutter up when storm is headed your way, update your insurance policy if necessary.

If you don’t or can’t deal with moving your outdoor stuff in, Gotta Gal can help. We offer pre and post hurricane service.