IBHS Urges Residents to Prepare for Severe Weather this Week

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TAMPA (Nov. 17, 2015) – The National Weather Service is predicting the wide range of severe weather events across the central and southern Plains will continue this week as new fronts develop bringing heavy snow and rain with flash flooding, tornadoes, damaging winds, and severe thunderstorms with large hail. More than 40 tornadoes ripped through a swath of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska yesterday, which fortunately did not result in any loss of life or personal injuries, but did cause significant property damage. IBHS recommends residents pay close attention to weather forecasts for their location and take steps now to reduce potential property damage.

A severe winter storm with blizzard conditions is predicted today for eastern Colorado, with the exception of the Front Range foothills in the Boulder-Ft. Collins corridor, northwestern Kansas, far northeast New Mexico and far southwestern Nebraska. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with large hail and flash flooding are expected to be generated by another front in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

“Meteorologists are forecasting a dangerous weather week across the country, which means the time for last-minute preparations is now,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “We don’t want this week’s storms to catch people off guard. Taking steps now will help home and business owners avoid costly repairs and headaches later from flooding, high wind damage, burst pipes, collapsed roofs, and even interior fires as people use alternative heating sources to cope with electrical power loss and/or freezing temperatures in some areas.”

IBHS recommends the following resources to prepare your property for severe weather this week:

WINTER WEATHER

TORNADOES, THUNDERSTORMS, FLASH FLOODING

 

Editor’s Note: IBHS building science experts are available to speak with media about winter weather, flooding, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms with hail. IBHS has b-roll from its full-scale research conducted at its unique Research Center, and also has other resources to assist you with your coverage. Available experts from IBHS:

  • Julie Rochman, President and CEO
  • Timothy Reinhold, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Engineer
  • Ian Giammanco, Lead Research Meteorologist
  • Chuck Miccolis, Senior Engineering Manager, Commercial Lines (commercial buildings)

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