6+ Tornadoes Impact The Central Florida Area Leaving Behind Severe Damages
Ever since the beginning of Hurricane season (June 1st), the Central Florida Area has been hit repeatedly with tropical storms and 6+ tornadoes that have formed in, near, and around the Orlando-Metro area. Tornadoes have already hit Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary, Deland, Lake Helen, and Deltona. Sadly, this is the only beginning, as Hurricane Season does not end until November. This means that along with the damages obtained so far, we should further prepare and brace ourselves for the hail, wind, and hurricane damages to come.
As it has shown, the year 2020 is full of surprises and the series of tornadoes that have hit Florida seems to be one of them. Due to these countless surprises, it is better to be safe then sorry and be prepared for what is to come. Knowing what to do during a tornado or simply a tornado warning is critical too.
What Should You Do During a Tornado?
Due to how often tornadoes are recently hitting Central Florida, learning what to do before, during, and after one is critical to know. Florida is better known for Hurricane Warnings and Floridians are better known for knowing what to do during one. Tornadoes are extremely dangerous.
Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year.
- Find Shelter.
Finding a sturdy shelter should be your first response to a tornado warning. Florida homes are not normally known for having basements, but in the case your home does have one, seek shelter in it. If not, a bathroom, closet, or hallway that is in the center and interior of your home will work too. Finding shelter in a vehicle or anything on wheels is extremely dangerous. This applies to mobile homes and trailers.
2. Take Cover.
Get as low to the ground as possible. You can take cover underneath a heavy desk or table. This applies to many situations. If you happen to be driving and can not get to a sturdy shelter fast enough, park your vehicle and take shelter in a low lying area. Avoid large buildings if possible, they tend to collapse on themselves. If you are taking cover in your home, do not forget your precious pets and animals!
3. Asses The Situation.
After the tornado has passed, asses the situation. Did it come close to your home? Was there property damage? New leaks? Was there hail? The worst is now over, now it is time to asses your property. Damages from tornadoes can come in many forms, from broken windows to tiny hard to see dents in your roof.
Both of these damages can become worse if not taken care of immediately. After assessing your property for the big things (Car dents, torn fences, etc.) it is wise to call an inspector to inspect your property for any damages that could go unnoticed and potentially damage your home if gone unnoticed and unfixed.
Calloway Roofing Inspectors are trained to noticed those normally "unnoticed" damages, especially hail damages that normally come with a tornado or any casual hail storm. Hail damage ranges in size and isn't something anyone should risk having as it weakens the integrity of your roof and leads to leaks, falling shingles, and more. Calloway Roofing LLC offers a full condition inspection to insure your roof is secure after a storm.
Previous Tornadoes and Hailstorms That Have Hit The Central Florida Area
Knowing whether your dwelling was impacted during any of the previous AND current storms is essential. As a homeowner it is important to know whether your home requires any sort of inspection or not.
The string of tornadoes that would mark the near beginning of future tornadoes and hailstorms that would hit the Central Florida area began in late April.
- 04-20-20 - 3 Tornadoes Hit Central Florida And Brought Troubling Winds to the area, one specifically hitting the Sanford Area. Read about it here.
- 05-21-20 - 1.5 Inch Hailstorm Hit Lake Mary. This lead to major hail damages including broken car windows, roof damages, and more. Read up on it here.
More info on other hailstorms and tornadoes can be found on our Roofing Blog, along with other topics that may apply to your roof.