Just as we think that 2020 cannot get any crazier, Florida enters Hurricane Season. This year is expected to have an active season, with an estimated 13-19 named tropical storms. NOAA has predicted that 6-10 will become a hurricane, while 3-6 will become major hurricanes (category 3 or above)
This year’s active season could be escalated due to weather conditions in the Pacific. We do not have an El Nino this year, which is warm sea surfaces in the Pacific that helps suppress tropical storms. There is also a possibility that a La Nina will form, causing the waters to cool and react more severely with the warm atmospheric air.
Mixed with COVID, this could make for a very interesting storm season. The CDC is recommending adding hand sanitizers, hand soaps, cleaning supplies, medicine, and face masks to normal hurricane supplies in case of emergencies. Floridians are urged to begin preparing for storms now.
While many of us have lived in Florida through many hurricane seasons, and know how to protect ourselves, how can we better protect our homes from inclement weather? Paramount Fencing recommends the following:
- Board up windows with plywood or use storm shutters. Entry points such as windows and doors are the weakest points of a home.
- Protect against flooding by using sandbags. If you cannot get sandbags, fill heavy-duty garbage bags 1/3 with water and place them side by side to create a makeshift wall to protect your home. Park vehicles on higher ground if possible.
- Secure loose objects outside of homes such as patio furniture, playgrounds, etc. Remove anything attached to your fences, such as art, plants, or equipment.
- Buy surge protectors to protect home appliances against electrical surges.
- “Inventory” your home. This will help with insurance claims if needed. Take pictures of your ceilings, porches, fences, and the serial numbers of electronics.
- Trim your trees. Most fence and roof damage comes from falling branches.
- Remove gates from fences and place them in the garage. Understand the gate areas are the weakest part of any fence line. They can be easily removed by removing the hinges attached to the gate itself. Simply remove the screws. Do not remove the screws attached to the fence itself.
Hurricane season spans from June 1st – November 30th in Central Florida. In the event you are impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm and suffer any damage, let us know immediately. Understand, the previous customers will always have priority over new customers. If you are not a previous customer, make sure you take the opportunity to reserve a pre-Hurricane estimate. We promise we will work diligently to fix your fence once the hurricane passes.
Our team will be here to help in any way possible. Even if you need assistance in cutting downed trees and removing debris, we are here to help. We have tractors and chainsaws.
Call us today to schedule a free estimate