Tornado Season and Storm Cleanup
Tornadoes can strike quickly, and oftentimes, without much warning. According to NSSL, “A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground.” Tornadoes are often hard to see unless a funnel forms because wind is invisible. Tornadoes can be difficult to see unless dust and debris are gathered within the condensation. If you cannot see the funnel, debris clouds can often mark their location. Made up of water droplets, dust, and debris, tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms.
How long is tornado season exactly? In the Southeast, tornado season lasts from March through May; however tornadoes can occur through early fall. Tornadoes often follow behind severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. Unfortunately, Baldwin County is no stranger to either.
Before the Storm
Know the Signs:
- Whirling cloud of debris
- Very still air and lack of wind, especially following severe thunderstorm or hail
- Dark, greenish sky
- Low-lying wall cloud
- Debris being thrown from the sky
- Bright flashes near the ground, especially at night
During the Storm
During the storm, it is always best to find shelter. It is never a good option to be outside during the threat of severe weather such as tornadoes. Head to a storm shelter or sturdy building if possible. If a storm shelter is available, make this your first option. If it’s not, head to a sturdy building with a basement. Basements are not very common in Baldwin County. If you do not have access to a basement or storm shelter head to a sturdy building, moving to the center away from windows and exterior doors. Stay in the shelter until the storm passes.
After the Storm
SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in storm damage cleanup. After the storm, SERVPRO can restore your home, business, and personal property back to preloss conditions. We have the tools, resources, and training to make any loss “Like it never even happened.” Cleaning up after a storm doesn’t have to be hard, and choosing a company doesn’t have to be, either. Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244. SERVPRO of Baldwin County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of this community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.