Hurricane Disaster: 16 precautionary steps you should take today

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How do you protect yourself from a hurricane? A question that can haunt anyone living in a hurricane-prone area.

Even when there has been significant progress in the forecasting methods, it is mandatory for people living in a hurricane-prone area to have a basic understanding of storms and respective conditions.

What is a Hurricane?

Hurricane is a tropical cyclone variant that usually forms over tropical or subtropical waters. During a hurricane, massive storms form over Warm Ocean and moves towards the land.

Hurricane can:

• Cause havoc around 100 miles on land
• Be more dangerous than a tornado
• Be more active in September
• Happen along the US coast, especially any Atlantic or Pacific Ocean territories

The following is a list of precautionary steps that you can adopt when it comes to protecting yourself from a hurricane.

When a warning is issued

1. Plan an escape route

2. Leave the low lying areas

3. Secure any outdoor household objects

4. Use storm shutters for windows

5. Stock food and water supply for at least a week

6. Keep an eye out for any emergency evacuation or warning via radio and television

7. Do not overlook the possibility of a flash flood, especially when it rains heavily and continuously

8. Identify a windowless room within your house to stay safe and move all the essentials to that room

9. Create an evacuation plan with shelter locations and identify the escape routes. Familiarizing yourself with this route days before the hurricane is expected

10. Consider the special needs of each member in your family, including medications and stock them in abundance

11. Store away important documents in addition to converting them to digital copies

12. Bring any light and loose possessions within your backyard indoors to prevent them from being projectiles

13. Make sure that you charge your mobile phone and power banks

14. Keep an eye out for electrical appliances within your house and turn them off or on as per the expected requirement. For instance, you can try disconnecting the washing machine and grinder from the power supply. On the flip side, you might want to run your refrigerators in the coldest setting available so that even if there is a power failure the stocked food lasts longer

15. Decide on a communication plan in case of emergencies and communicate that with your family members and friends in advance. For instance, texting might be an ideal option in case of a power failure opposed to calling as the phone lines can be overloaded

16. Text run your vehicle and do run a hardware checkup in addition to filling the gas tank to the brim

During the storm

• Remain indoors and in the designated secure room

• Avoid using telephones and candles

• Keep monitoring any relevant news via radio or television

• If an evacuation is requested, do it at the earliest

• If trapped in flooding building, avoid trying to swim your way out. Instead, move to a higher level and wait for rescue to arrive

• Do not attempt to drive or walk when the flooding level is above knee

Hurricanes can be inevitable for people living in coastal areas. Foresee all the possibility and have a hurricane disaster plan tested and ready. Act smart and quick to ensure the safety of your family.

Storm damage in west coast of florida

Titan Restoration Construction Helps the West Coast of Florida Recover

The Florida west coast suffered through one of its worst years ever when it came to storm damage. Recovery has not been easy for many home and business owners. Titan Restoration Construction is proud to have helped hundreds of our neighbors and fellow owners rebuild their homes and shops in Bokeelia, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, and other towns in Lee County.

Water damage in Florida includes dealing with contaminants. Water that blows into Charlotte County homes off the Atlantic contains not only dirt and debris generated by the storm but a high salt content as well. After restoration and clean-up services remove debris and wash down everything possible in El Jobean, Punta Gorda, and Rotonda, Titan inspectors examine property for corrosion, rust, and other water damage like splitting or swelling wood.

Once we have the extent of the damage, our teams get to work. If the water remained for too long after the storm, the wall framing itself becomes compromised. Our licensed carpenters replace any damaged wood with new framing, and then our construction crews quickly hang new drywall panels.

Breaker box inspection in west coast floridaBefore the panels go up, our electricians examine any outlets and wiring that may have been under water and shorted out or damaged otherwise by the storm. If needed, we replace compromised wiring going all the way back to the breaker box. Stringing new wire also involves drilling holes through the new wall frames and installing conduit to protect our work.

In many cases, we have to begin underneath our feet. Storm water that stands for several days in Chokoloskee, Goodland, Naples, and other towns in Collier County can destroy carpet, linoleum, and even crack the surface of the concrete below it. Our trained crews can quickly resurface any foundation or pad and then replace the carpet or another flooring on top of it.

Our team has repaired and restored homes and business structures on Florida’s West Coast for more than 10 years. If you are suffering from the effects of stormwater or other damage, call Titan Restoration Construction today at 561-345-3751 or on the west coast of Florida at 239-963-7574. We are here for you, and our communities.

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Hurricanes Causing Damage? Then It’s Time to Fight Back with Titan Rebuild

Hurricane season brings a heavy toll when it comes to damage to homes and businesses if one should strike. Rebuilding is a part of recovering from the trauma of any catastrophe that inclement weather brings, and Titan Restoration Construction is here for you when you need us. You do not have to worry about unskilled workers creating additional risks for those in your home, or neighborhood when you work with us.

However severe the West Palm Beach hurricane damage is that you are facing, Titan Rebuild can help you by undoing that damage. Hurricane damage is hard to face. This damage can have many adverse effects on your property, the structure, the infrastructure, and the landscaping. Where your beautiful home used to stand, there may be nothing at all, just rubble. Fortunately, this is the extremest of hurricane damage results. We understand that this is not just a house to you, but the place where you call home, a place that means security and safety. We want to rebuild that as we rebuild the physical structures. We have the capacity, equipment, and skills to reconstruct all post-hurricane water and wind damage.

Knowing and understanding not only local building codes but also federal guidelines and recommendations regarding post-hurricane clean-up and restoration, we will work with you to make the damage a thing of the past. We will ensure that your home comes back to life. We can work together to plan out an even better-remodeled home for you.

Mold growth on wallWhen there are still viable aspects of your home or business, we understand that those need to be treated to prevent future problems with mold, and will do so. Water damage does not usually come from events as large as hurricanes and may seem like a small concern compared to what you have already witnessed, but we aim to do the entire job correctly, from start to finish, and with the long-term future in mind. We work closely with highly professional water removal companies to dry out the property. We want to make sure that everything is done well, both as we do our final walk-through with you, and ten years from now.

Hurricanes are horrible events, and the damage they cause requires an equally strong force to undo their damage, and at a quality level that you and your family, and your home, deserve. Contact us at (561) 345-3751 to learn more about what services we at Titan Rebuild offer in the rebuilding of homes and businesses, and how we can reduce your stress and instill confidence in the remodel of your home.

Wind Damage

High winds are known to cause damage, depending upon their strength. Infrequent wind gusts can cause poorly designed suspension bridges to sway. When wind gusts are at a similar frequency to the swaying of the bridge, the bridge can be destroyed more easily, such as what occurred with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940.[132] Wind speeds as low as 23 knots (43 km/h) can lead to power outages due to tree branches disrupting the flow of energy through power lines.[133] While no species of tree is guaranteed to stand up to hurricane-force winds, those with shallow roots are more prone to uproot, and brittle trees such as eucalyptus, sea hibiscus, and avocado are more prone to damage.[134] Hurricane-force winds cause substantial damage to mobile homes, and begin to structurally damage homes with foundations. Winds of this strength due to downsloped winds off terrain have been known to shatter windows and sandblast paint from cars.[53] Once winds exceed 135 knots (250 km/h), homes completely collapse, and significant damage is done to larger buildings. Total destruction to man-made structures occurs when winds reach 175 knots (324 km/h). The Saffir-Simpson scale and Enhanced Fujita scale were designed to help estimate wind speed from the damage caused by high winds related to tropical cyclones and tornadoes, and vice versa.


A dangerous rotating column of air in contact with both the surface of the earth and the base of a cumulonimbus cloud (thundercloud) or a cumulus cloud, in rare cases. Tornadoes come in many sizes but typically form a visible condensation funnel whose narrowest end reaches the earth and surrounded by a cloud of debris and dust.[17]

Tornadoes wind speeds generally average between 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). They are approximately 250 feet (76 m) across and travel a few miles (kilometers) before dissipating. Some attain wind speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour (480 km/h), may stretch more than a mile (1.6 km) across, and maintain contact with the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).[18][19][20]

Tornadoes, despite being one of the most destructive weather phenomena are generally short lived. A long-lived tornado generally lasts no more than an hour, but some have been known to last for 2 hours or longer (for example, the Tri-State Tornado). Due to their relatively short duration, less information is known about the development and formation of tornadoes.[21]


Downbursts are created within thunderstorms by significantly rain-cooled air, which, upon reaching ground level, spreads out in all directions and produce strong winds. Unlike winds in a tornado, winds in a downburst are not rotational but are directed outwards from the point where they strike land or water. “Dry downbursts” are associated with thunderstorms with very little precipitation,[22] while wet downbursts are generated by thunderstorms with large amounts. Microbursts are very small and macrobursts are large-scale downbursts.[23] The heat burst is created by vertical currents on the backside of old outflow boundaries and squall lines where rainfall is lacking. Heat bursts generate significantly higher temperatures due to the lack of rain-cooled air in their formation.[24] Derechos are longer, usually stronger, forms of downburst winds characterized by straight-lined windstorms.[25][26]

Downbursts create vertical wind shear or microbursts, which are dangerous to aviation.[27] They can also cause tornado-like damage on the ground and, depending on the size of the downburst, can generate winds at speeds of up to 168 miles per hour (270 km/h). Downbursts also occur much more frequently than tornadoes, with ten downburst damage reports for every one tornado.[28]

Squall line

A squall line is an elongated line of severe thunderstorms that can form along or ahead of a cold front.[29][30] The squall line typically contains heavy precipitation, hail, frequent lightning, strong straight line winds, and possibly tornadoes or waterspouts.[31] Severe weather in the form of strong straight-line winds can be expected in areas where the squall line forms a bow echo, in the farthest portion of the bow.[32] Tornadoes can be found along waves within a line echo wave pattern (LEWP) where mesoscale low pressure areas are present.[33] Some[which?] summer bow echoes are called derechos, and move quickly over large territories.[25] A wake low or a mesoscale low pressure area forms behind the rain shield (a high pressure system under the rain canopy) of a mature squall line and is sometimes associated with a heat burst.[34]

Squall lines often cause severe straight-line wind damage, and most non-tornadic wind damage is caused from squall lines.[35] Although the primary danger from squall lines is straight-line winds, some squall lines also contain weak tornadoes.[35]

Tropical cyclone

Very high winds can be caused by mature tropical cyclones (called hurricanes in the United States and Canada and typhoons in eastern Asia). A tropical cyclone’s heavy surf created by such winds may cause harm to marine life either close to or upon the surface of the water, such as coral reefs.[36] Coastal regions may receive significant damage from a tropical cyclone while inland regions are relatively safe from the strong winds, due to their rapid dissipation over land. However, severe flooding can occur even far inland because of high amounts of rain from tropical cyclones and their remnants.