Chicago Residents’ Homes Sustain Severe Storm Damage From Extreme Weather

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Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, the Chicago area was hit with severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, and a drastic drop in temperature. Following the storms, Chicago homeowners and property owners were left with high levels of damage.

What: 60 mph. winds and hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter

When: February 27 – February 28

Where: Chicago, IL

Earlier this week, NBC Chicago reported on its site that Chicago and the surrounding suburbs were impacted by heavy winds, multiple tornadoes, lightning, and baseball-sized hail. 

If you or someone you know sustained significant damage to their home from the severe weather, here is some information about hail and heavy winds, storm safety tips, and some relief resources for residents in Chicago.  

The Main Types of Wind & Hail Storm Roof Damage

Hail Damage

Hail, which is a type of ice pellet, is formed during harsh thunderstorms and can range in size. Depending on its size, Hail can cause significant damage, especially if it is around 1” inches in diameter. Large hail storms can cause irreparable damage to vehicles, homes, roofing, commercial property, and more. During a hail storm, you may experience dented gutters and roofing, ripped screen doors, cracked siding, shattered windows, and significant structural damage.

Wind Damage

Tornadoes and harsh winds can cause extensive damage to your home. This damage can range from blown-off shingles, roofing panels, and siding to shattered glass windows, warped gutters, downed power lines, and an entirely blown-off roof. During a tornado, it’s vital to ensure your safety by taking cover and keeping an eye out for downed tree limbs and flying debris. 

According to NBC Chicago, local residents reported broken windows, blown-off doors, uprooted trees, the loss of power, and collapsed roofing. 

Storm Safety Tips 

Here are some ways that you can prepare for an upcoming storm or help reduce potential damage to your home. 

Before a Storm

  • Clear out any weak branches near your home and roof
  • Bring in any outside furniture or decorations
  • Move your car to a safe and covered place 

During a Storm

  •  Stay inside your home 
  • Keep away from any windows and doors
  •  Make sure your animals are safe and inside
  •  Close your curtain windows to create a barrier 

After a Storm

  •  Inspect your home and roof for any damage
  •  Safely clear away debris
  • Call a roofing professional to inspect your home

Storm Damage Resources

The city of Chicago has an emergency management page here where you can find information about the local weather and ways to prepare for and stay safe during various types of storms and natural disasters. These guides can be useful in alleviating stress during an emergency.  

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