Sometimes straight-line winds are confused with tornadoes; however, straight-line winds have no central vortex or circular motion like a tornado. Because the damages these storms produce are similar, many people get confused with the wind damage they sustained wondering if they suffered tornado or straight-line wind damage.
With both tornadoes and straight-line winds, objects can become air-born, a loud roar can be heard, winds can reach 150 miles-per-hour or more, and significant property damage from high winds can occur. Experts can study the direction the debris falls following a storm to determine if the weather event was a tornado or straight-line windstorm. For example, if debris is scattered in every direction, a tornado has probably occurred rather than debris being pushed in the same direction due to straight-line winds.
Protecting Your Home from High Winds
Spring and summer are the times with the most tornado and straight-line wind threats. Homeowners can take steps to protect their properties, including:
- Make sure you are properly insured
- Remove outdoor furniture and objects
- Trim trees around your property
- Be aware of weather changes
- Have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio
Even if you do all of the aforementioned things, your home may still suffer property damage from high winds. For help with your residential insurance claim, or to fight back against an undervalued or unfair insurance claim denial, call a qualified insurance claim litigation attorney at the Voss Law Firm today at 888-614-7730 today for a complimentary consultation and get the compensation you deserve.