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Storm Season Brings Havoc and Uncertainty, But SERVPRO Is Here For You In Orland Park

10/2/2021 (Permalink)

The dreaded tornado siren blares. You hear it and wonder to yourself “is it a test?” “Should I be concerned?”

You look outside and see the ominous dark clouds and the spinning vortex that you have observed many times on TV and in the movies. This is happening! What do you do?

This situation repeats itself many times each year in the USA and in the Midwest especially.Tornadoes are one of the most feared storms/disasters because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns, and they are completely arbitrary at times with how they damage strikes. Tornado winds can exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour and this can easily damage homes and businesses as well as uproot trees and toss cars around like they are a toy.  Since it is possible for a tornado to form anywhere in the U.S., it is important to look for the warning signs of the impending storm so you can get to a safe location. 

The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Tornado Warning

Your local news will usually put out a tornado watch or warning.  If your area is under watch, this means that your area is experiencing conditions that make it possible for a tornado to form.  You should be on alert if a tornado watch has been having been issued in the event the situation becomes more dangerous. When a tornado warning has been issued, this means there has been a tornado sighted and you need to take shelter immediately.  

Tornado Warning Signs

There are several things you can look for when you know there is a threat of a tornado.  Early warning signs are increasing winds, clouds moving rapidly, and the sky and clouds look green.  Hail is another early warning sign of a tornado and what causes the sky to look the greenish color.

Tornado Preparedness

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness.  Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of an approaching tornado and they know what to do.  

During a storm listen to your local news or a weather radio station for updates.  You can also install a weather app on your smart phone that will send you updates.  

Also, you should consider confining pets to a carrier or placing dogs on a leash during a tornado watch so that you can transfer them to a safe room in case the warning is issued.  

Even the most extensive preparation cannot prevent a tornado from causing significant damage to your home.  If this happens it is important to call a storm damage restoration professional immediately who can arrive in a timely manner and can get you back preloss conditions. SERVPRO of Orland Park is here for you whether it be to assist after a storm, flood or fire! Call us today! 

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