Out in the ocean, close to the Equator, the water temperature can rise to eighty degrees or higher. The water evaporates, rising until it begins to spin, causing spinning and sloshing about of water. It begins to move, like a giant Roomba™ across the sea. Once the wind speed reaches 38 miles per hour, the storm is called a tropical depression. At 39 miles per hour, the storm is upgraded to tropical storm status and is given a name. At 74 miles per hour, you’ve got yourself a hurricane.
Once a hurricane is headed your direction, your best chance of survival is to get out of its way. You’ll need to get your house ready for the storm, and there are some practical ways to do that.
- Get insured -- Update your home insurance policy to ensure you are covered in case of flood. Check with your agent to ensure you’ll have enough to rebuild, if necessary.
- Clean up before the storm -- Don’t leave lawn furniture or play equipment out in your yard. Propelled by high winds, that stuff could easily wind up in your living room.
- Plug it up -- Any holes in the exterior wall, such as where cable or electrical cables enter, should be sealed with caulk or spray foam.
- Don’t lose your lid -- If not already installed, consider using straps to add extra stability to your roof. A hurricane can tear the roof off a house, exposing the attic to the elements.
In hurricane-prone areas, consider using spray foam or fiberglass insulation. Both of those insulators are resistant to water damage and surface mold growth. Once wet, however, fiberglass insulation usually needs to be removed and replaced. Thankfully, Capitol Machine International is there with powerful insulation blowers and removal vacs to help clean the messes hurricanes leave behind.