In late February, a major storm system swept across the Eastern United States, bringing severe weather to Central Florida. Torrential rain and dime-sized hail brought traffic to a complete stop on County Road 437. With reports of quarter-sized hail around the Sanford area, Florida appeared to be facing another disastrous bout of unexpected weather.

On the 23rd, the severe system forced the delay of the Daytona 500 as tornado warnings spread throughout the region following a sighting just north of Orlando.

  • Harsh rainfall that led to dangerous track conditions led to the initial delay

  • The grandstands were evacuated after tornado warnings and fans were forced to take shelter underneath them.

  • Half an hour later, the National Weather Service detected a tornado near Plymouth moving east at 30 mph.

Within an hour and a half of the initial tornado warnings the storm cell had moved offshore. The tornado warnings were prompted by a warm front passing through, bringing moisture and producing favorable conditions for the creation of tornado formations.

Luckily, no significant damage was reported after the system passed. However, the harsh winter and multitude of powerful storms across the country continue to send shockwaves through the state. These tornado warnings came on the 16-year anniversary of the worst tornado disaster in Florida’s history. In 1998 a series of tornadoes killed 42 people overnight across the Osceola, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties.

Will Ulrich, a meteorologist at the NWS, warned that some of the most severe weather occurrences can happen during the first months of the year, due to the dynamics of various fronts and their interactions. Historically, tornadoes have caused significant amounts of damage in Central Florida during the same time frame. The tornadoes that arrived in the region in February of 1998 killed 42 residents and caused thousands of dollars of property damage.

As a homeowner there are several things you can do to try and prevent or at least limit storm damage.

  • Board up windows (plywood works very well)

  • Secure and reinforce all doors to the home

  • Reinforce roof shingles. Shingles can come flying right off with strong enough winds. Just a little extra hold-down power can prevent water from damaging your roof.

With the potential for more severe weather ahead, the task of preparing homes for storms becomes a necessity. After storm cleanup can be especially hard on home owners. Not only can it be difficult to know where to even begin, storm cleanup can be dangerous. Storms can cause unnoticable structural damage to homes. Take care after storms and avoid risking your wellbeing when repairing damage caused by storms this season.

Casualties caused by storms are devastating, but casualties can even occur once the rain and wind have stopped. Cleanup following natural disasters can be particularly hazardous if not left to the professionals. Always be prepared, and contact Florida Catastrophe Corp. today at (855) 352-2281 to safely recover your property following a major storm with our Florida disaster recovery services.