Hearing that a tornado is coming can make people feel scared, terrified, anxious and frantic. Those who are used to living in tornado-prone areas are aware of the different levels and types of tornadoes. However, for homeowners and business owners who are not used to tornadoes, it is helpful to be aware that there are many tornado designations, and some are considered very weak, while others are extremely significant.
The majority of tornadoes are considered weak tornadoes. Although experts in the field refer to tornadoes designated EF1 or EF0 as weak, they can still cause property damage in Texas. These types of tornadoes generally stay on the ground for about a mile after touching down. In this time, they can cause damage to homes, cars, businesses, and more.
The majority of damage that an EF0 and EF1 tornado causes are superficial; however, EF1 tornadoes can cause major damage to temporary and permanent structures. This can include:
- Broken windows
- Roof damage – missing shingles
- Minor chimney damage
- Small trees can be uprooted
Tornadoes that are designated EF2 are a bit stronger than EF1 tornadoes. At this level, damage to homes and properties can be significant. During this type of tornado, strong winds can occur for a much longer time and span a wider area. Damage can include:
- Cars lifted off the ground
- Roofs completely destroyed
- Collapse of a structure’s outer walls
- Smaller objects thrown at high speeds can be like missiles
- Trees snap or become uprooted
Tornadoes that are classified as an EF3 or above can cause serious damage and can lead to injuries and fatalities because the tornado at this level becomes much more destructive. This damage can include:
- Cars lifted off the ground and projected through the air
- Well built buildings losing their inner and outer walls
- Homes ripped apart or knocked down
- Large trees uprooted and sent flying as projectiles
When a tornado is an EF3, homeowners are advised to take shelter in a basement in order to survive. Homes will most likely be ripped apart at this level. And by an EF5 level, homes and other buildings will be destroyed, pulled off of their foundations and sent into the air.
No matter whether a tornado is considered weak or violent, property damage can still occur. If your home suffered tornado damage you should speak to an experienced tornado property damage attorney in Texas to find out how to submit the right claim and how to get the maximum recovery for your damage. Call the Voss Law Firm for a free consultation today at 888-614-7730, and also request your free copy of our book, Disputes With Your Insurance Company – What All Consumers Need to Know.