You’re used to feeling the breeze when you step outside. So you may be wondering: are strong winds a big deal? The difference between mild and thunderstorm winds is significant. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the destruction of thunderstorm gusts accounts for more than half of all structural damage in 48 states. It’s also more common than tornado damage.
Information on Wind Damage
Experts classify damaging winds as those that exceed 50-60 mph. These gusts are also known as “straight-line” winds to differentiate them from tornadic wind speeds. Most thunderstorm winds that result in structural damage are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft.
Learn how to protect your home from wind damage in today’s blog.
- Protect Your Doors and Windows
If you live in an area that frequently experiences high winds, you should install aluminum or steel storm shutters on your windows and doors. You will be able to close these shutters quickly in case of an emergency. One of the primary benefits of these shutters is that they prevent flying projectiles from breaking through your windows or denting your doors.
- Put Away Potential Projectiles
When strong gusts of wind hit, anything outdoors can become a projectile. Secure objects, such as patio furniture and grills, by bolting them down to your patio using straps and ground anchors. Alternatively, you can store them inside your shed or garage. Some homeowners store their shed inside their garage for added protection.
If you live in a mobile home, you’re more at risk of experiencing injuries. Even anchored mobile homes can suffer severe damage when winds gust over 100 mph. We recommend staying at a loved one’s house and taking your most important belongings in the event of a thunderstorm.