The recent East Coast windstorms have caused much damage and destruction. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute, thirteen states were affected by a derecho, which is a fast-forming, violent, long-lived windstorm that can travel up to speeds greater than 90 mph. The damage from a derecho has been compared to that of a tornado.
Some instances of property damage that occurred in this storm include:
- Ohio – strong winds caused a brick wall on the second story of a store to fall apart in Columbus Grove on Friday, June 29, 2012.
- Virginia – a huge oak tree feel through a home in Lynchburg due to the violent windstorm Friday, June 29th.
- Maryland – a two-alarm fire engulfed a home north of Frederick on Saturday, June 30, 2012. This fire was started by a lightning strike when the storm moved through the region.
- Maryland – an entire apartment complex in Hyattsville was damaged by the violent storm, causing tenants to vacate and seek shelter somewhere else on the evening of June 30th.
- North Carolina – officials deemed a house unsafe after a tree crashed onto it, causing foundation damage and a natural gas leak and forcing the homeowners to leave their home on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
This list by no means is comprehensive, as windstorm claims are still coming in. If you have suffered tornado-like damage in this Eastern windstorm, contact an insurance litigation lawyer at the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 for a complimentary initial consultation, and also receive a free copy of our book Disputes With Your Insurance Company – What All Consumers Need to Know, upon request.