We always want to stay prepared and so to do that here is a list of facts and weather history to have us well suited for any upcoming weather.
- North Carolina averages 26 tornadoes, 3 tornado fatalities, and 39 tornado injuries each year.
- April is the peak month for tornadoes in the state. A secondary peak occurs in November.
- Tornadoes occur more frequently in the afternoon and early evening but can develop any time of day or night. The deadliest time for tornadoes can be at night since it is more difficult to be alerted of warnings that are issued.
- Severe storms don't have to produce tornadoes to be deadly. Straight-line wind gusts from severe storms can cause extensive damage similar to that of a tornado.
- In the last 5 years, 16 people have been killed and another 70 injured by straight-line winds from severe thunderstorms in North Carolina.
- A storm is classified as severe if it produces damaging winds or hail one inch in diameter or larger.
- In the last 5 years, baseball-sized has been reported 8 times in North Carolina. Golf ball size hail has been reported 200 times.
Make sure you have great shelter, which should be sturdy, small, and windowless at the lowest point of the building. A basement is a great example. If you don’t have a basement, a bathroom or hallway and even a closet will do just fine as well.
Stay informed and stay protected.
If your home or business suffers any damage from a storm, don’t hesitate to give us a call.