Extreme weather can be unpredictable. This became especially clear in Saturday’s tornado, which touched down in Southwest Cape Coral. According to the National Storm Damage Center, there are 5 factors that determine storm damage:
- Wind Speed
- Wind Direction
- Wind Duration
- Flying Debris
- Strength of the Structure
The tornado that touched down in Cape Coral on Saturday evening was measured as an EF-2 on the Enhanced F-scale, creating winds that reached 132 mph. EF-2 tornado’s create winds between 111 and 135 mph, placing Saturday’s tornado at the top of the EF-2 classification.
Although the storm was only on the ground for seven minutes, it traveled 3.5 miles, spanned 182 yards at its widest point, and left considerable damage in its aftermath.
During a storm, your roof is one of the most vulnerable components of your home. Obvious signs of roof damage that can be seen from the ground include tree branches or other debris that have fallen on top of your roof, missing shingles that can be seen laying in your yard and bent, and missing or damaged rain gutters.
While you may think that any structural damage after a tornado would be obvious, unfortunately, that is not always the case. After a severe storm, roof damage may not be visible from the ground and such damage often only becomes noticeable once costly leaks have occurred.
Gulf Western Roofing does not recommend that any homeowner attempt to inspect their roof themselves, especially after a severe storm. To ensure your safety, we are offering free inspections for home and business owners who have been impacted by Saturday’s storm in Cape Coral. As a licensed general contractor, we are able to inspect the exterior of your home as well as your roof. Our experienced professionals specialize in inspecting your home and roof, documenting any weather related damage, and working with your insurance company to determine the best possible result for you.
If you are in the Cape Coral area and were impacted by Saturday’s tornado storm, contact us today to schedule a free inspection.