Hurricane season is something that everyone in coastal areas and even inland communities need to be prepared for. Part of that is having an action plan should your home or business sustain wind damage. It is important to know just what degree of wind damage you can expect based on the category of the hurricane so you can be properly prepared.
- Category 1 Hurricane – You don’t have to be overly concerned if the forecast shows you won’t get more than the 74 to 95 mph winds of a category 1 hurricane. However, this is still enough to cause minor wind damage, so your best course of action is to reduce the number of items around your property that could become projectiles. Store your patio furniture, trim trees of dead branches, put storm shutters on, and plan to stay indoors so you don’t get hit by something flying through the air.
- Category 2 Hurricane – With winds of 96 to 110 mph, a category 2 hurricane can cause extensive damage and more wind damage than you might expect. It is strong enough to uproot trees and even break windows without the need to send something through them.
- Category 3 Hurricane – Both your windows and doors can become victims in the 111 to 129 mph winds of a category 3 hurricane. Do not stand near your windows or doors during a hurricane of this magnitude.
- Category 4 Hurricane – If you anticipate winds of 130 to 156 mph, which are enough to tear off your roof entirely, you should not be in the building. You should have evacuated to a shelter or left the area entirely until it is safe to return and assess the wind damage that has occurred.
- Category 5 Hurricane – Sadly, with winds in excess of 157 mph, you may not have a home or business to return to as this category can easily level houses and buildings.
Here at Restoration 1 of Charleston, we understand that the Charleston, South Carolina area can fall victim to any category of hurricane and we’re here to help you if you have experienced wind damage short of the total loss of your home or business. We also provide wind damage services for regular storms that might have felt like a hurricane but weren’t. Contact us today to learn more.