The Midwest has had a rough year and experienced a lot of terrible weather events like flooding, but we don’t seem to out of the woods just yet. A massive front has been developing throughout the Midwest, and it’s thought to have been fueled by the echoes of Hurricane Newton. Severe thunderstorms look to be imminent. While it’s true that even the best meteorologists can’t always predict the weather with 100% accuracy, there are certainly some key markers that point to a high risk of heavy thunderstorms.
The front and negative weather patterns are thought to affect states all across the Midwest including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois. For Missouri residents, it seems that they are expected to be smack dab in the middle of the storm front’s path. In addition, it is speculated that there will be a high risk of flooding until mid-September. Cities with the highest risk of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding include St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, Des Moines, and Witchita. However, it’s still unclear how far south the storm will span, and could even affect areas such as Oklahoma City and even Amarillo, Texas.
Warnings related to poor travel conditions have been issued for interstates 35, 49, and 70. Furthermore, extremely high winds are expected to blow through the region, which have the potential to cause massive property damage. It’s also very likely that some regions will experience temporary power outages. After the storm, a much drier period is expected, making this the hopeful last major storm of the warmer months before we move into autumn and winter.
Preparing for the Storm
Given the high risk of such a damaging storm, prudent homeowners should prepare their houses for the storm to mitigate potential damages. It’s always good to have an emergency kit with necessities like first aid kits, clean bottled water, non-perishable food supplies, batteries, and similar items. In addition, it’s a good idea to anchor items in your lawn that could pose a health risk or damage to your property. For example, you’ll want to pull in any outdoor furniture and make sure fuel tanks (like the propane tank on your grill) are secured in place or packed in a shed.
Loose items can easily be blown against your home during a storm or flood, causing exterior damage that could have been easily avoided. Floodwaters can even carry toxic chemicals such as lawn care or other products (antifreeze, corrosive salts, pest control products, etc.). Also, if you have the time, it’s prudent to keep trees well-trimmed to prevent branches from breaking off and crashing into your roof.
Last but not least, remember that’s it’s best to attack property damage as soon as possible by finding a reputable local repair service. Some types of home damage, like water damage, can grow out of control the longer you wait by fostering mold and musty smells. It’s far better to nip the problem in the bud than waiting for a convenient time to tackle repairs.