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How to Clean Up After a Storm?

As you’ve probably heard on the news, the United States has already had the first Hurricane (Barry) and the first Tropical Storm (Andrea) of 2019. The hurricane season started June 1 and will go until November 30th. Unfortunately, that is a big window of time for future storms to come into the Tampa Bay area. Make sure that you are prepared.

Storm Categories and Sustained Wind Speeds

Do you know the sustained wind speeds of each type of storm? Here is the breakdown of the storm categories:

Type of Storm                     Sustained Wind Speeds

Tropical Storm                      39 to 73 mph

Hurricane – Cat 1                 74 to 95 mph (Minor damage)

Hurricane – Cat 2                 96 to 110 mph (Extensive)

Hurricane – Cat 3                  111 to 129 mph (Devastating)

Hurricane – Cat 4                  130 to 156 mph (Catastrophic)

Hurricane – Cat 5                  157 mph and stronger (Worst)

Clean-Up and Safety Tips

In the aftermath of a storm, yards are often covered with fallen trees, broken branches, and scattered debris, or even damaged lawn furniture, swing sets, hot tubs, and more leaving a giant mess for homeowners to clean up. Take your time to get your yard back to normal because post-storm clean-up can present some risks.

Here are some clean-up and safety tips to help you clean up your yard after the storm subsides.

  • Inspect around your home: Walk around your property to inspect overall damage and take pictures as documentation. Check for downed power lines and hanging branches. If a power line is down, immediately call your power company to report the problem. Never touch a power line.
  • Protective gear: Make sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves to prevent injuries.
  • Patience: After a tropical storm or hurricane, most people want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. It can take time to pick up all the debris and remove damaged items. It might take a few days, or it could take months to clean up your yard and home damage after a storm.
  • Repair trees: Damage can increase a tree’s susceptibility to insects and diseases. If trees show signs of damage, they should be properly treated to maintain their health. Pruning damaged branches can help restore the tree. Remove hanging and broken branches to ensure safety and prevent future property damage.
  • Use the experts: If you have severe tree damage contact a tree specialist to for tree removal.
  • Roof Damage: If you suspect any roof damage, call a local roofing contractor to inspect your roof and fix it.
  • Waste disposal: Contact a junk removal company to pick up materials from fallen or salvaged trees or any other items damaged around your home.
  • Replace trees and plants: After you get your yard all cleaned-up, you may wish to re-plant some trees and bushes. Make sure the new plants are hardy enough for Tampa Bay storms.

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