In the years between 2000 and 2013, insurance companies in the United States had paid out more than $54 billion when it comes to hail damage claims in 5,000 hail storms that happened in the United States alone. While most of the damage was in crops and property, there are also ways that hailstorms can harm you and your family.
The following are the reasons why you need to be cautious of hailstorm:
1.Small hailstorm can fall with greater scale and speed
Small or large, hailstorm can cause damage to your property and vehicle when they are many and fall quickly. Small hail can reach a speed of 20 mph that is already potential to create damage. Also, hail can cover up to 100 miles wide and 10 miles long, which is already damaging to the area it covers.
When it comes to it wreaking havoc, there are only little preventative measures you can do about it. First make sure you have a proper roof and gutter to keep your roof functional in removing away the melted hail. No matter what the roof and gutter cleaning cost maybe, you need to invest on something that protects you on the frontline. Second, keep your car on the garage if possible and avoid exposing it to weather like this.
2.It can indicate a tornado
Thunderstorms can produce hail but it is the supercell storms, which are rotating thunderstorms that can be too severe, that are responsible for most of the bug hailstorms you encounter. If you notice a hailstorm as big as quarter or more, it can be a sign that a tornado is coming.
If you experience this, we advise that you take cover and listen to the news. If you are inside the house, wait for the storm until it passes before doing things outside. Also, do the following:
- Stay away from the windows doors
- Make sure everyone is indoor especially the children
- Avoid going outside
If you are on the road and driving, and you are caught by the hailstorm, do the following:
- Stay in the car until the hailstorm stops
- Cover your eyes and lie down on the floor with you back to the windows
- Protect children with heavy clothing or with your body
- Avoid areas prone to flood
- Do not seek shelter under a tree as possible as it might attract lightning and may lose some limbs
3. Hailstorm can be large
Hailstorms can reach up to 4.5 inches in diameter, as big as a softball. In fact, it can even get bigger in rare cases. One of these is the recorded hailstorm in Vivian that has a diameter of 8 inches and a weight of 1.9 pounds.
It is important to listen to the news whenever the area is experiencing a hailstorm as there are times that the weather forecasts are able to predict not just the movement of the hailstorm but also the size of the hailstorm. Remember to always take cover or stay indoor as quickly as possible to avoid hurting your head and body from the possible impact.