Victoria has seen quite a bit of rainfall this year. By preparing for a storm and putting a plan in place now, this can help you get ready for any future storms that may be brewing this spring. The list below defines the different kinds of definition put out by the National Weather Service. By understanding the different, this can help prepare for a plan:
A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph (50 knots), and/or hail at least ¾" in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph (35 knots) and/or hail of at least ½" is defined as approaching severe.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They are normally issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR-88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no warning. Lightning frequency is not a criterion for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for one hour. They can be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect.
When storms come through Victoria, Texas, SERVPRO of Victoria will use the resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. Our team can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call to help your storm damage needs (361) 573-6000!