Weather Causing Record-Setting Damage Across the Nation | SERVPRO® of Anaheim Central/Garden Grove East
While politics and pandemics occupied most of the news cycle last year, not much was said about the severe thunderstorms and hurricanes that occurred in 2020. Record-setting financial losses were caused by the inclement weather.
Losses exceeding $1 billion are classified as disasters. Last year, the United States had 22 of these disasters! And most of the storms that occurred in 2020 didn’t meet the billion dollar threshold for damage to be counted in this number.
Named tropical storms were so prevalent last year the NWS had to reach into the Greek alphabet to generate new names.
Hurricanes Aren’t the Only Costly Disaster
Hurricanes can leave a large swath of destruction in their path due to the high sustained winds over a period of time. You might easily think that hurricanes are responsible for more weather-related financial losses than storms, but the facts tell a different story.
Severe storms and tornadoes accounted for more property damage last year than hurricanes. Fourteen of the 22 federally declared disasters last year were severe thunderstorms. Many of these storms generated tornadoes as a byproduct.
Last year, the United States even experienced a derecho! A derecho is a global weather event, but they primarily occur in the great plains of the United States. We see an average of one to two of these storms each year compared to more than a thousand tornadoes that sweep across the country annually.
Last August was one of the most destructive months for weather-related damage. Nebraska experienced a derecho that damaged over 10 million acres of corn. That’s half of Nebraska’s entire corn crop and 11% of the Unites States annual production of corn.
Storms Are Happening More Often
When it comes to weather disasters, it looks like we’re in for a “new normal.” Last year marked the tenth year in a row of having at least eight billion-dollar plus weather related disasters.
Severe storms generated over $300 billion in property damage in 2017, the highest ever recorded.
As long as the weather changes, we will have storms. As long as we have storms, we should at least prepare for them. Everyone benefits from taking precautions when storms are in the forecast. This can help minimize property damage related to storm activity.
Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can’t prevent property damage. Our mission is to help you recover when you incur storm-related damage. We can help you restore your property "Like it never even happened."
Have storms rolled through recently? Did you have damage? We can help restore your property back to its original condition. Call us today to how you how we can help.