Tornado Damage

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Tornado Damage to Your Property

  • In 2020 alone, there was approximately $2.5 billion worth of tornado damage throughout the United States
  • 1,253 tornadoes occur every year in the US (on average)
  • Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can happen at any time of the year, but the most of the more dangerous storms and tornadoes happen in the Southeastern U.S. during March, April, and May.

What Happens During a Tornado?

Tornadoes can cause different sorts of damage. Tornadoes can be a mile wide and travel on the ground for as many as fifty miles and their wind speeds can reach 250 miles per hour. They can form in many different shapes and sizes, although the most common is the funnel shape that you probably picture when you think of a tornado. The degree of intensity varies according the the size, shape, and location of the tornado, but it is safe to say that if a tornado touches down on or near your property, there’s going to be some serious ensuing tornado damage if not total destruction. Even strong winds that occur in the vicinity of a tornado can do some real harm to your property, so be sure to get an inspection if a tornado touched down nearby as well – just because you weren’t in the direct path of a twister doesn’t mean that your building(s) or other property didn’t sustain any damage. Roof damage and siding damage are common, and there can be extensive interior damage if windows or doors get ripped out. Flooding damage may also be a problem – pipes can be damaged during a tornado, rivers or lakes nearby can be disturbed, and the tornado may be accompanied by rainstorms. Tornado damage with flooding can be especially catastrophic, since cracked foundations can bring in water.

Being Prepared for a Tornado

The first step towards being prepared for a tornado or windstorm (or any other natural disaster) is documenting everything. It’s easy to walk through your properties, warehouses, etc. with a smartphone and take photos and videos of all your assets and the condition of the building(s). Don’t forget any vehicles you may own as well. There’s no such thing as a tornado proof building, but good preparation and documentation will help ensure that tornadoes or windstorms are not as devastating as they could for your business in the long term. It’s important to note that unlike other catastrophic natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, tornadoes are often covered by your insurance policy; of course, be sure to check it out and verify that yourself. There’s no such thing as a tornado proof building… The last thing you want to do deal with when you’ve lived through a tornado is to discover that your insurance doesn’t actually cover repairs or replacements, or interruptions in your business operations.

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