Great Balls of Ice

Ever seen a grapefruit-sized hailstone? Well, if you live in an area that’s prone to hail, such as east of the Rocky Mountains, you know it exists, and how serious a hailstorm warning can be.
But what is a hailstone? It’s a ball of ice created in a super cell thunderstorm, weighing anywhere from a gram to well over a pound, and traveling at terminal velocities of 75 to 120mph. Hailstones the size of a golf ball may dent cars and damage roofs; hailstones the size of baseballs or softballs will damage most roofs, break car windows, and may injure or kill people or animals. Other interesting facts include: Continue reading

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When Thunder Roars

But don’t let the far away grumbles of a storm fool you. Lightning can hit up to 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. So, when you are alerted to an oncoming storm, bring your loved ones indoors and stay put. Continue reading

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Staying Calm After the Storm

Although the aftermath of a hurricane will likely seem less frightening than the height of the storm, homeowners have to proceed carefully as their families work to recover.
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Weakened Trees Make Lethal Dangers

For many, this winter has been especially difficult. Even locations much less accustomed to snow and ice experienced paralyzing storms. Your trees may have survived, but they also may have been weakened and could pose a threat when Spring and Summer storms hit.

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Powerful Protection

Recent storms in the Northeast (Superstorm Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo) and the Midwest (February blizzards) have fueled an interest in electrical generators for the home.

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When You Don’t Want Boats to Float

Many boats along the mid-Atlantic coast were destroyed when Sandy’s tidal surge washed them inland. In many instances, the damage could have been avoided. Here are some observations from the New Jersey shoreline:

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Not Out of the Woods Yet

If you live in the Northeast, and the trees on your property have survived the unusual weather of the past couple months, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. But even if those towering oaks and majestic elms around your … Continue reading

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