Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Isabel, 2003 (via NOAA)

Hurricane Isabel, 2003 (via NOAA)

This is the time of year that we really start thinking about hurricanes. Even though hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, we don't typically see many until very late in summer and the early days of autumn. (The official hurricane season is June 1 - November 31)

Back in July of 1996, Hurricane Bertha plowed through eastern Virginia spawning four tornadoes - the largest being in Northumberland County.

Tropical Storm Ernesto came through in late August of 2006 causing major flooding in the Northern Neck and surrounding areas. Tides were 4-5 feet above normal AND they were combined with 6-8 foot waves.

Way back in 1944, before we gave hurricanes names, the "Great Hurricane" passed over Virginia on September 14th with winds gusting to 150mph.

Hurricane Floyd blew over Virginia in mid-September 1999 with wind gusts up to 100mph dumping 10-20 inches of rain. There were two casualties reported due to falling trees.

Hurricane Isabel, the one that we all remember so well, plowed through the Northern Neck of Virginia back on September 18, 2003. With Isabel came lots of rain and high winds which downed thousands of trees in our area.

Now that we're smack in the middle of hurricane prime-time, we want to remind you to check your property for branches and trees that appear to be dead, dying, or in the perfect position to destroy your home, garage, car, etc. if it were to fall.

Here are two tips on how to spot dead trees but when in doubt, call us out! We offer free assessments and estimates! (804.480.9191)

1. No leaves. If the entire tree is leafless, especially now in the summertime, it is most likely dead. Even if only a chunk of the tree is missing it's leaves, it's a very good indication that the tree is dead or dying.

2. No bark. If a tree is lacking bark or if the bark is brittle and crumbles away easily, then the tree is probably dead.

Set a reminder right now to go examine your property and search for dead trees that could come crashing down during hurricanes. Better yet, if you're at home, get up and go do it right now!

We don't want your home to end up looking like this...

Photo courtesy of Allstate

Photo courtesy of Allstate


Drew Ransone