Severe Storms Can Cause Severe Damage | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest
After a year like 2020, we looked forward to 2021! 2020 brought us drama and so much more, but on the weather spectrum, 2020 was a record-setting year for weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.
During 2020, we saw 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollar in damages. There were also many other damaging storms that aren’t included in that statistic.
After the NWS used up all of the 26 letters from the alphabet, they had to turn to the Greek alphabet to successfully name all of the storms.
Damages Caused by Severe Storms
Hurricanes can cause traumatic experiences by bringing immense damage and large amounts of monetary damage, but we are starting to see that it’s not all from hurricanes. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Severe thunderstorms, which sometimes unleashed tornadoes, accounted for 14 of the official weather disasters in 2020. Thunderstorms on average last around 30 minutes, and they can happen anywhere at any time.
Eastern Nebraska saw what seemed to be a typical thunderstorm turn into a catastrophic event called a derecho. A derecho is something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm.
When this happened in August 2020, it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.
In Nevada, we see everything from severe thunderstorms to heavy winters with snow and even wildfires. All of which can cause major damages and costly repairs.
Fast and Intense Severe Storms
2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.
In 2018 and 2019 combined, we saw a total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 had a total of over $300 billion, which was the highest total on record!
Thunderstorms are showing that they are every bit as dangerous and severe as any other natural disaster. Noting this, it’s never too early to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.
While nothing is guaranteed, you can certainly guarantee that you have friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.