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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 have the potential to cause a variety of damages, depending on their size, shape, and location. These funnel-shaped storms can range from a few feet to over a mile in width and can travel as far as fifty miles, with wind speeds that can exceed 250 miles per hour. Even if a tornado passes near your property, strong winds can cause significant damage, making it essential to have your property inspected. Common types of damage include roof and siding damage, interior damage caused by ripped-out doors or windows, and flooding caused by damaged pipes, rivers, or lakes. Cracked foundations can bring in water, and tornadoes accompanied by rainstorms can lead to extensive water damage, making tornado damage combined with flooding particularly catastrophic. If a tornado touches down near your property, it’s crucial to assess the damages, as even those not in the direct path of a tornado can experience property damage.

Being Prepared for a Tornado

The first step to prepare for a tornado or windstorm (or any other natural disaster) is to document everything. This can be easily done by taking photos and videos of all your assets and the condition of the building(s) with a smartphone, including any vehicles you own. While there is no such thing as a tornado-proof building, good preparation and documentation can help mitigate the damage caused by tornadoes or windstorms. Unlike other catastrophic natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, tornadoes are often covered by insurance policies. However, it is important to verify with your insurance company that your policy covers repairs, replacements, and interruptions in business operations to avoid any unpleasant surprises after a tornado hits.

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