How Your Property in the Gulf Coast Area Could be Affected by a Hurricane

A hurricane is, single-handedly, one of the worst types of storms that coastal regions can endure. Take a look at the recent Hurricane Florence, for example. This massive storm led to between $19 billion and $28.5 billion in property damage. That’s billions of dollars, to be clear. That’s an outstanding amount of money in damages from a single storm. Unfortunately, it only gets worse over time, as property damage, gas prices, and insurance premiums all rise quickly.Now, hurricanes are broken down into categories. The higher the category number, the worse the damage to your property in the Gulf Coast can be. Here’s what to expect from storm damage.

Category 1 Hurricane Damage

A Category 1 hurricane, while the lowest tier, is still a particularly dangerous storm. The damage from hurricane 1 wind speeds and storm surges is typically centered around the roof, gutters, and siding. The immense winds, which achieve speeds up to 95 miles per hour, can topple trees and snap large branches.

Often, homeowners endure broken windows, water damage, and more.

Category 2 Hurricane Damage

Category 2 hurricanes are known for their dangerous wind speeds, which lead to extensive property damage and debris, too. A well-constructed building may endure siding and roof damage but be fine otherwise. Fallen trees are also quite common.

With wind speeds surpassing 110 miles per hour, Category 2 hurricane damage often leads to severe damage to residential properties. You may also have sub- and ground-floor level water damage to contend with.

Category 3 Hurricane Damage

A Category 3 hurricane is considered a “major” hurricane. Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans, was a Category 3 hurricane. It progressed to Category 5 over time, within nine hours of hitting the Gulf of Mexico.

In any case, Category 3 hurricane winds are strong enough to blow the entire roof off a building. The wind will uproot the strongest of trees, or cause them to snap in half. Most of the area will be without power for quite some time.

Category 4 Hurricane Damage

A Category 4 hurricane, such as Hurricane Opal, will lead to complete roofing failure on most buildings – residential or commercial. Water shortages and near-constant power outages can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The area will likely be deemed uninhabitable. With wind speeds of 156 miles per hour, evacuation is the only course of action.

Category 5 Hurricane Damage

Like with Hurricane Rita, a Category 5 hurricane, the damage of this tier will be extraordinary. The strength of the wind and water is often enough to cause total building failure. Structures may crumble and deteriorate.

With wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or higher, evacuation is the only possibility. You must leave the area or risk great bodily injury or even death. The area will be uninhabitable for months to come.

If your home has suffered immense storm damage from hurricane weather, call Restoration 1 of Gulf Coast for immediate storm damage restoration. You can reach us day or night at (228) 202-2031.

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