Strong storms hit Gainesville in the early morning hours of 3/19/18… Were you ready?
Here in Florida, we are used to watching the weather stations in the days leading up to major storm events such as hurricanes, but we often get severe weather that sneaks up on us and does more damage than we expect in our area. Violent thunderstorms can cause wind, hail, and water damage as well as cause tornadoes and microbursts. Most of us know what thunderstorms and tornadoes are and what they bring, but a lot of serious storm damage occurs here in Florida due to microbursts. Most people have heard of them causing plane crashes, but what exactly are they?
- Micro bursts are mainly formed by single-cell storms (although airmass storms and squall lines can produce them).
- Microbursts are caused by the rain falling from the cloud. As it falls, it pulls down air with it which starts evaporating the rain, cooling it. Cooler air is denser than the warm air around it so it descends even faster causing a microburst.
- There are two types of microbursts, dry and wet. Dry microbursts are more common and are caused when all of the rain evaporates before the air reaches the ground, which can be harder to see them coming and wet microbursts contain rain when they hit the ground.
- Microbursts can hit the ground at up to 6,000 feet per minute and spread out causing a vortex ring around the outside of the microburst.
- Winds from a microburst can reach speeds that are similar to an E1 tornado and can cause lots of property damage, such as:
- Downed trees
- Roof damage
- Broken windows and punctured siding from flying debris
- Destroyed buildings and structures
- Damage to electrical poles and wires
- Damage from accompanying hail and heavy rains
That’s why SERVPRO is the best choice in emergency/storm mitigation and restoration, we are always ready, and “Faster to any size disaster” than the competition. We also have the backing of the largest restoration company in the world behind us, no matter how large or small the storm event is.