The United States is a country that is geographically larger than most, and it spans a great distance, encompassing many diverse climates. Unfortunately, it also encompasses a wide variety of natural disasters. Life in the Midwest, though free from coastal events like hurricanes, tidal waves, and high-risk flooding, still has its fair share of natural disasters.
Tornadoes, thunderstorms, river flooding, and heavy ice storms are at the top of the list. We get a little bit of everything because our climate, generally speaking, has four distinct seasons. Arguably, the worst weather events in Missouri during 2016 were a terrible ice storm early in the year and seasonal flooding, and the year isn’t finished just yet. But the nation as a whole has experienced some truly powerful storms and disasters this year, so let’s take a closer look at the worst natural disasters of 2016.
Blizzard in January of 2016
From January 22nd to about the 24th, a major winter weather event poured cold snow and ice all over the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast coast. It was thought of as being a blizzard of such magnitude that another similar storm won’t be seen within the next 500 years. Whether or not that’s true, we do know with certainty that a lot of homes were damaged from the storm.
In addition to typical damages that snow and ice cause on roofing systems (leaks, wear and tear, ice damming, etc.), a lot of homes experienced broken windows, exterior wall damage, and holes in their roofs due to collapsed branches of trees and other plant life.
Spring Storms in the Midwest
Springtime in the Midwest is typically marked by heavy rains, thunderstorms, and strong winds. And from April 24th through the 27th, there were over 700 individual reports of severe thunderstorms in different Midwest regions. They included everything from heavy winds and rain (including hail) to tornadoes.
Fortunately, none of the tornadoes caused nearly as much damage as the Joplin, Missouri tornado of 2011. However, on the whole, the storm did still cause a lot of property damage. These types of storms tend to give homes a savage beating, and hail can punch holes in your roof as well as break windows.
Oklahoma Earthquake in August
Oklahoma didn’t traditionally experience a lot of earthquakes. However, they have recently shut down a lot of oil projects because fracking is suspected to be causing an increase in earthquake frequency. In August, one such earthquake in Oklahoma was so powerful it was felt in Kansas City. Though it wasn’t severe enough in Kansas City to cause significant property damage, Oklahoma has become riddled with increasingly worrisome earthquakes.
Flooding in Louisiana
In August, Louisiana experienced its most costly and dangerous natural disaster since hurricane Katrina. The governor reported that estimates of statewide damage were as high as 8.7 billion dollars, and many homeowners were forced to abandon or evacuate their homes. Many residents lacked insurance because their homes were in areas that weren’t high-risk regions for flooding.
Protecting Your Home or Commercial Building
Investments in almost every type of property need to be insured because we spend so much of our time and energy paying for them. Though we can’t know what the future has in store for us in terms of natural disasters, you can count on them occurring year after year. It can’t be said enough: make sure your home or building is covered for the aforementioned types of disasters.