After almost 30 years since a Category 4 storm, residents of North Carolina are once again preparing for the worst as Hurricane Florence makes its way to the area. The storm started quietly forming in the Atlantic on Monday morning, but reached Category 4 status just 13 hours after. It is expected to hit South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
In 1989, it was Hurricane Hugo that wreaked havoc in North Carolina, causing $9.47 billion in damages, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Florence is expected to hit with winds of about 130 mph, potentially making it an even costlier storm than Hugo. As of Monday, Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Durham area by Friday morning.
Governor Roy Cooper is already urging residents in the Durham area to be prepared for the storm. “Now is the time to review emergency plans, not later,” he said to the News Observer.
Figuring out evacuation routes, clearing yards of debris and making plans to contact family and friends are only a few of the suggestions Gov. Cooper gave. “We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit,” he continued.
There are other things you could do to keep safe. According to the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, protecting your windows and sliding doors with
plywood shutters is essential if you don’t have storm shutters. Make sure the plywood you pick is ⅝-inch thick exterior-grade to get the adequate level of protection.
Additionally, you should do your best to reinforce your garage door if it is going to face the brunt of the strong winds. If it gives out and is attached to your main house, it could make the entire structure vulnerable to even more serious damage.
For more information on what to do to prepare for Hurricane Florence, download our complete Disaster Checklist.
Your home in Durham might not be in the evacuation zone, in which case you should make sure you have some essential items at home. Storms are predictable to an extent, but they can change paths and increase in strength without warning. This is why it is important that you are prepared with a full tank of gas to evacuate if needed.
Some of the items you should have at home before the storm hits include:
Unless things suddenly change with the trajectory or intensity of Hurricane Florence, home and business owners in the Durham area can expect moderate to significant water damage and storm damage to their properties.
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm. According to the National Hurricane Center, after a Category 4 storm homeowners can expect that “catastrophic damage will occur.” Roof structures and exterior walls can be severely damaged or even lost.
If your property was hit by the storm, don’t wait to make the necessary repairs. Having the helping hand of our certified water damage and property damage technicians at Restoration 1 of Durham will make you feel confident in regaining your life sooner than expected.
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