It’s only the first half of the year, but tornadoes have already ravaged a number of states, particularly those in the East Coast:
As AccuWeather reports, tornadoes and storms are wreaking havoc in the Carolinas and nearby states.
Heavy rains and severe thunderstorms continued to batter the Deep South Monday evening (April 7), stretching from Florida to North Carolina.
Two tornadoes were reported in North Carolina near highway 94 in Tyrrell County and Beaufort County, according to an NWS trained spotter and county emergency management reports.
Reports of heavy rain leading to flash flooding, severe storms producing large hail and damaging winds were also reported in Alabama, Florida and North Carolina. A downed tree is blocked both northbound lanes of US-19, one mile southwest of Nash, Jefferson County, Fla., according to county emergency management reports.
These examples raise a fundamental question for homeowners: Can your home withstand a tornado or superstorm? Many of today’s homes aren’t built for disasters, especially if they’re built out of ordinary construction lumber, particle boards, and plywood. Many unfortified houses, even those that are well-built with brick or stone, are still vulnerable, and wood-frame structures are particularly at risk.
Roofing and siding can easily be blown off or pulled away by suction, subassemblies and wall studs can be peeled away, and sheets of plywood can easily be smashed to pieces, which then open up your home to more damage. In response to these challenges, professional roofing contractors in Charlotte, NC recommend investing in a few upgrades if you want your home to be able to withstand inclement weather.
Fortifying your home and making sure its structure is strong and sound is an investment not only for your house, but also for your family’s security. Your best bet is to follow advice from CMS Roofing, a local roofing contractor in Charleston SC. The company can help you build up a suitable defense against the elements so that you can rest assured about your safety.
(Article excerpt from REPORTS: Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain Rumble Across the Deep South, http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/live-tornado-threat-building-i/25343286, April 14, 2014)