Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm VS Flood

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Property owners may have a hard time differentiating storm damage from flood damage. Commercial properties can sustain water damage from either source. There are a few major differences to keep in mind that may help you manage these risks. 

The most general distinction is that storm water comes from above, whereas flood water usually overspills natural bodies or courses of water and covers at least two acres of ordinarily dry land. Storm damage to a commercial property may originate from a variety of causes such as

• High winds
• Heavy rain
• Hurricanes
• Snow
• Tornadoes

Most business insurance plans provide protection from damage caused by storms. Property owners will need additional coverage to offset the expenses of flood damage. If your property is located on a flood plain, you should make sure you carry the policies necessary to protect your investment.

Flooding occurs when water overflows a body of water or watercourse such as

• Creeks
• Dams
• Lakes
• Storm-water channels

For water to be considered a flood, it must not only cover two acres but affect at least two properties. If a commercial property is located in a high-risk zone and the owner has a mortgage from an insured and federally-regulated lender, he or she is required to maintain flood insurance. Damage resulting from either flooding or storms can cause severe problems and should be planned for, prevented, and handled as soon as possible. Regardless of the source of moisture, the risk of mold and other secondary damage within a building can be just as severe.

Restoring Damage From Storms and Floods

Restoration specialists can help property owners determine the precise causes of damage and the best solutions. If a commercial property in Clarksville, TN experiences flood damage or sustains damage during a storm, contact a commercial damage restoration company as soon as possible.

Flood Damage Problems in Clarksville from Storm Damaged Roofs

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm comes into the Clarksville area, damage to your roof is relatively common. Once a hole in your roof gets large enough, extensive flood damage can result. During a rainstorm, many elements such as wind or even hail can arise that can ruin your roof shingles. Wind can blow rocks or other objects into your home and create holes in your roof or exterior walls that rainwater can enter. Once water starts entering the interior of your home, flood damage can occur from the top of your house to the bottom.

As soon as moisture enters your home from the outside, multiple issues can quickly arise. The best thing to do is to immediately call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to mitigate the flood damage inside your home. Water coming from the outside is considered black water and may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. Rainwater can also bring in microbes from the outside increasing the chance of microbial growth, no one wants molds growing in their attics.
 
In many cases, the first place that retains moisture after your roof leaks, is your attic. Elevated moisture levels inside your attic can ruin building materials if the area does not get dried out promptly. If the insulation inside the attic gets wet, the moisture can decrease the R-value of the material. Some types of insulation can get dry when wet, whereas other kinds must be removed. 
 
After removing wet insulation, our SERVPRO team can then dry out the wet ceiling materials and roof trusses. To do this we often create a containment chamber to better control the environment in the affected area and to prevent harmful particles from entering the rest of the house. We then set up heated air movers to create a circular air movement inside the area. In addition to the air movers, we also set up dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air. Once building materials are dry, we treat the attic with anti-microbial chemicals and sometimes spray the trusses with a specialized sealant paint to inhibit fungal growth. 

If you ever have a problem inside your attic after a storm, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285

Preventing Wind Damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home.  Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  It can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house. 

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. 

It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.   These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.  Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof damage can be reduced during the construction phase when the roof deck and the shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will firmly anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material must be properly fastened to the deck. Weakly connected shingles will lift easily from the deck.

Siding damage can be reduced at the construction phase as well. Properly fastened siding is less likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger and more storm resistant structure.

 Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of the structure being damaged.

Mitigating Damage after a Storm

Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that can be quickly cut to size and nailed over the opening.

Keep your personal safety in mind and attempt such a closure yourself only if it can be done with little or no risk. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. A tree on a structure is a very serious personal and structural safety issue. A tree may look as if it will not shift position. But it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. A fallen tree may also mask other very serious safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be live and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm, it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  SERVPRO of Clarksville can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (931) 645-1285

Preventing Flood Damage

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Three Key Steps

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

  1. Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.
  2. Make sure your roof is secure and protected.
  3.  Clear gutters and drains

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Montgomery County is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment!

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Since it's hard to see your roof, be sure to pay special attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens which indicate hail damage. Even from the ground, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring only minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Clarksville, TN, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source of a leak and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to the attic to look for the source of the leak in that area. Here are five common sources for a roof leak:

1. Vents and fans
2. Chimneys
3. Window dormers
4. Vent pipes
5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, as well as wet drywall and insulation. If you find mold, you will need to be very careful not to spread the problem during cleanup. A mold remediation professional can help by creating a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials right away. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize, especially in a humid attic space. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are completely dry.

After the Flood... Then What?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody expected that the creek could rise that far. It never had before. Now, the house is a muddy mess of debris, water and extensive damage. For some people, moving would be the first thought that came to mind. However, others want to stay in their homes, repair the water damage, and live on in the house they love.


Flood damage is more than just the standing water. It's ruined carpets and furniture, wet plaster and more. Water in the home or business is just the start of the problems. Without proper clean-up and sanitizing, mold can grow, floor damage can be permanent, and drywall can be ruined. It is imperative to immediately start the restoration process to help limit the damage and mounting costs.

Water cleanup begins with bringing in equipment to extract the water in the home. Pumps and specialized vacuums are used to suck up the water. Restoration is a process. Once the puddles have been cleared, the next step will begin. The water damage will be in the walls, floors and furnishings. Drying is imperative to help stop the damage and to prevent mold from growing.

Fans, dehumidifiers and other equipment will be brought in to help dry out the water in walls and moisture from furnishings and floors. Thoroughly drying water in the home will save thousands of dollars’ worth of damage later.

Restoration from the devastation of flood damage is not an easy process. A professional service should be called to handle the process so that it is done correctly. For instance, not many individuals would know that after the water in their business is removed or the water in their home is dried, more steps are still necessary. Sanitizing the surfaces, furnishings and anything else the water touched should be done.

After the restoration process of water cleanup, drying, sanitizing and odor elimination, there is still one last step in the water damage mitigation process - repairs. Water in a business can damage walls, carpeting and flooring. Drywall may need to be replaced. Electrical outlets and wiring should be checked for damage. Water in a business may have warped sub-flooring, damaged floor joists and wrecked major appliances. Time is money, so flood damage needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Quick yet thorough mitigation will get a business back up and running after flood damage has occurred.

Storms, floods and even appliance malfunctions like a dishwasher overflow can cause homes and businesses the headaches of having to deal with the water cleanup process. Nobody wants to go through it, but when it happens a person shouldn't go through it alone. Professionals who know how to deal with the devastation left behind are the best option for a quick, safe restoration. Since professional water damage restoration companies have the equipment and training to handle cleaning, drying and even rebuilding homes and businesses, they should be the first choice for mitigation.

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today at 931.645.1285.

Storms Roll Out and We Roll In

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Montgomery County knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal. 

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service. 
  • Be-on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival. 

Exceptions to our 1-4-8 Service Response times may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

We also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today 931.645.1285. Timely mitigation is the key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.  We are also a one stop shop. We can handle everything from tarping and board ups to all of your post construction needs as well. 

Is Your Home Prepared For Storm Damage?

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO of Montgomery County can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Saginaw community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic

The 3 Types of Contaminated Water

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County 24/7 if you come in contact with contaminated water.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet is the most common. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. This category cleanup require specialized hazmat suits and total demolition of all affected materials. 

24/7 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water and storm damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Ways to Protect Your Home During Summer Storms

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call for all your storm-related needs at 931-645-1285.

Q: I know hurricane season starts in June. What should I do to protect my home from storms this summer?

A: This is a question we get a lot during the summer months and is the perfect time to start preparing. Hurricane season runs from June to November. While hurricanes are not typical in Tennessee, it is also prime time for tornadoes, rainstorms, and lightning strikes. The following steps can help you be prepared before a weather emergency strikes.

  1. Update your home inventory

Smartphones make gathering information easier than ever (many insurance companies have home inventory apps). Take photos of your rooms, closets, attic, crawlspace, and backyard. Open drawers and cupboards to photograph everything. Keep photos and receipts handy that way you can provide the file to your insurer immediately after the disaster.

  1. Make sure you have the right insurance

Many homeowners don’t know what is or isn’t covered in their policy. Let your insurer know if you’ve made any major home improvements, it usually doesn’t cost much to add extra coverage. For example, most homeowner’s policies in Montgomery County don’t cover sewage and drain backups, which can be very expensive out of pocket. Check today if your insurance provider sells storm or flood coverage!

  1. Take the necessary precautions to protect your home

This is a great time to trim the trees, inspect the roof and gutters, and reseal the windows. Before a storm, secure any outside furniture and other items that could become projectiles. Ask your insurer about steps you can take to attain an insurance discount, like installing storm shutters, using certain roofing materials, or using a backup generator.

  1. Sign up for weather alerts and put together an emergency kit

Stock up on water and nonperishable foods, don’t forget your pets and medications, and have a portable radio and batteries for a flashlight. Sign up for weather alerts so you’ll have some time to prepare. Many local weather channels have mobile apps that provide alerts from the national weather service, safety reminders and tips and emergency checklists.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Montgomery County will be there to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (931) 645-1285.

Step-By-Step Lightening Preparation

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your family safe during storm season.

Lightning causes around 31 deaths in the U.S. annually (based on statistics from 2006-2017). Nationally, lightning ranks second only to flash floods in weather-related deaths.  Lightning is the most frequent important weather threat to personal safety during the thunderstorm season. Unfortunately, Tennessee has observed several lightening facilities and injuries. Why? The main reason is that people stay outside too long as thunderstorms approach or form nearby.  During the early part of the thunderstorm season, for example May and June, "dry" thunderstorms are quite common. With these types of thunderstorms, little or no precipitation reaches the ground and, as a result, people are less likely to seek shelter.  Click below for statistics on lightning events (resulting in property or crop damage, injuries or fatalities) by month and by hour. Whilemost lightning casualties occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed.  If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike.  DO NOT wait for the rain to start before seeking shelter, and do not leave shelter just because the rain has ended.Did you know?

  • The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000 ° F, that is hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • Lightning occurs with all thunderstorms.

It's not raining, is there still danger from being struck by lightning?  YES!  Lightning often strikes outside of the heavy rain area and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.Will the rubber soles of my shoes or tires on my car protect me from being struck? NO! However, the steel frame of a hard-topped car provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.  Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside the car than outside. To roughly estimate the distance in miles between you and the lightning flash, count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and divide by 5. When skies darken, or thunderstorms are forecast look and listen for increasing wind, flashes of lightning, sound of thunder, and static on your am radio.  While no place is safe from lightning, some places are much safer than others. 

Where you can go…

  1. Get inside a house or large shelter
  2. Do not use a corded telephone during a thunderstorm.  Only use cordless or wireless phones instead.
  3. Remain clear of tall, isolated trees and telephone poles.
  4. Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines or metal pipes and rails.
  5. If you are caught outside, away from shelter, you need to get to a place of safety as quickly as possible.
  6. Wait 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder before going outside.

            What you can do...

  • Watch for signs of an approaching thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.  This is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation
  • REMEMBER if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning
  • If possible, move to a sturdy building or hard top automobile
  • If safe shelter is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles
  • If boating or swimming, get out of boats and away from the water, get to land and find shelter immediately

When Disaster Strikes Your Property

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your property, call the experts from SERVPRO of Montgomery County for all your water-related needs.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Clarksville home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Montgomery County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. There are steps you can take to prepare for the potential damage to your home and property and minimize the after effects should your home be hit hard by a storm.

First, be sure you know what you are covered for under your homeowner's insurance. Most policies cover damage due to tornadoes, fire, ice, wind, severe temperatures, lightening and hailstorms. However, flooding due to a storm is not generally covered under most policies. Never assume your home and property are protected. If you have questions about your policy contact your agent. 

Immediately following the storm inspect your home and watch out for hazards such as broken glass, exposed nails and downed power lines. Stay at least 10 feet from downed lines and contact your utility company immediately.

If your home does sustain damage after severe weather, contact your insurance company and have your home inspected by a qualified restoration specialist to determine what repairs are needed. If it is necessary to relocate during the restoration process your insurance company may be able to reimburse you some of the expenses to do so. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery County can walk you through the steps necessary to restore your home and property after a storm. Our technicians are highly trained to clean and restore your home after disaster strikes. Call 931-645-1285.

What to Do Before, During, And After A Storm

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is "Ready for whatever happens".

As we escape the cold, winter months and transition into warmer weather, among that comes the increase of storms. As you know, thunderstorms thrive in rapidly rising warm air and in humid areas like the South. The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperat­ures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm. However, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during storms.

What to do before the storm:

  • Check that loose items such as outdoor furniture, umbrellas, and trampolines are safely secured.
  • If it is safe to do so, check that gutters, downpipes, and drains are not blocked.
  • Park your car undercover and away from falling debris.

What to do during the storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If outdoors, stay away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways, where the water can move up to 10 miles per hour.
  • Be prepared for power outages, if possible carry flashlights or any portable light.
  • Floodwater is dangerous and toxic – never drive, walk, ride, or swim in floodwater.

What to do after the storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines, and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris, and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is absolutely necessary.

If you suspect damage after a storm, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Montgomery County. For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us at (931) 645-1285.

Electronics and water damage

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery has the soluations to your flood damaged electronics.

Taking Certain Steps Quickly Can Help Save Electronics in your Home

After any flood, the damage to your home's contents can be severe. Not only are furniture, flooring, and documents at risk, but electronics can also be ruined by water. Televisions, computers, power tools, appliances, and other devices require immediate attention to have the best chance of being saved. 
 
Homeowners with flood damage in Clarksville, TN typically have electronics that they're worried about, whether the flooding was caused by a storm or burst pipe. Not only is replacing these items an extra expense but going without certain electronics for even a short amount of time can be a huge inconvenience. Whether any specific piece of electronic equipment can be restored or saved depends on a number of factors. 
 
Humidity 
 
It's not just the standing water in a flood-damaged house that poses a threat to electronics, but humidity as well. This becomes a bigger issue the longer it takes to get the flood damage restoration process started. Our team will dehumidify your home to get things stable and decrease the chance that your electronic devices will incur damage.
 
Exposure to Water 
 
The less water that has been in or around an electronic device, the more likely it can be saved. For instance, a microwave sitting on a wet counter can have the excess water wiped from its base, while a laptop that's been submerged in water is a much greater challenge and may not be salvageable. SERVPRO takes special measures when handling electronics in a home with flood damage, which can often save the equipment. 
 
Preventing Further Damage 
 
When you call SERVPRO after your home has encountered flood damage, it's important to avoid turning on your electronics. It's tempting to see if each item still works, but doing so can increase the chances of irreversible damage. Once we're on the scene, we'll quickly work to save your electronic equipment if at all possible. 
 
If you need to restore your home after a flood, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Montgomery County. We'll do our utmost to help you keep your possessions and avoid the cost of replacement. For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us at (931) 645-1285.

Clarksville Experiences Weekend Tornadoes

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Clarksville's early spring and varying temps make it a perfect breeding ground for twisters.

Over the weekend, Clarksville and its surrounding areas experienced damage from two tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. Homes were destroyed and countless others suffered extensive damage from the storm. These tornadoes devastated Clarksville-area neighborhoods Saturday night and were 150 and 300 yards wide, stretching a total of 9 miles according to The Leaf Chronicle, a local newspaper.

Here’s a little background on tornadoes:

  • A tornado is a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud with winds that can reach up to 300 mph
  • Damage paths can be extensive, being over one mile wide and 50 miles long
  • Tornadoes sometimes are brought in with tropical storms and hurricanes
  • They can be predicted by tracking rotating thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes often bring hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and lightening to the area they affect
  • When a warm front meets a cold front, tornadoes are formed
  • Most move from southwest to northeast
  • Tornadoes usually only last ten minutes or less
  • They’re most likely to occur between 3 - 9pm
  • Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that sees the most twisters, and this area ranges from western Texas to North Dakota
  • Southern states see a peak in tornado activity between March and May, while northern states see the most twisters between June and August

Because of the state’s geography and early spring season, Tennessee often sees strong storms blow through the area. This time in Montgomery County, there have been 78 houses and duplexes damaged or destroyed by these tornadoes, with the estimate still being anticipated to increase.

Being prepared for a storm is important, so when the National Weather Authority releases information about an anticipated storm (or one that has been verified), it’s best to heed their warnings. Getting to safety is the most important in the event of a storm – you can leave the damage restoration to us.