Derechos are a dangerous and destructive weather phenomenon. This fast-moving thunderstorm is comprised of heavy rain, hail, lightning, and server winds that can produce gusts at least 58 mph or greater and can also produce tornadoes and flash flooding. Weather events of this magnitude are not only a safety concern but can also leave behind expensive property damage that must be dealt with appropriately.
The significant damage caused by Derechos includes but is not limited to roof damage, window damage, siding and facia damage, damage to and from trees and landscaping, power outages, and more.
Although a Derecho can occur anywhere, they often appear in the central and eastern United States, where the conditions are particularly favorable. The states that most commonly see this weather phenomenon include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
If your property is affected by a Derecho storm, it is imperative to have a proper inspection.
Often damages go unaddressed when the residual effects are unseen or do not need immediate repair. This prolonged inattention can cause the damage to worsen over time and potentially lead to more severe problems. For example, a small roof leak can become a significant issue when left unaddressed, leading to water damage and mold growth. In addition, insurance companies may also be less likely to cover the cost of repairs when damages go unaddressed for an extended period of time.
Ensure you do your due diligence as a property owner and receive an unbiased inspection from a third party following any major storm. Even if no damage is found, this gives you peace of mind knowing there are no unseen damages you may be unaware of. It provides photos, maintenance accounts, and timeline proof for any potential future insurance claim.