This weekend’s nor’easter (bomb cyclone to some) rocked communities across the eastern seaboard. The Federal government closed on Friday, hundreds of thousands of people lost power, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Maryland. We’d like to offer our well wishes to all affected by the storm; you’re in our thoughts.
Though the storm did not come with much precipitation, we did experience intense wind gusts. These storm winds clocked in around 60 MPH, which is comparable to a tropical storm! Ferocious winds like these produced downed power lines, broken tree limbs on our roads, highways and bridges along with storm surge flooding on our coasts were just some of the damage reported.
Our neighbors and employees shared a few shots of the damage they encountered:
What’s A Nor’easter?
A Nor’easter develops when warm air from the Gulf Stream clashes with cold air coming down from Canada, creating intense low pressure. When these two conflicting air streams meet, they establish a macro cyclone (similar to a hurricane) that spins counterclockwise. One of the main differences between a Nor’easter and a hurricane is that they occur in different seasons. Hurricanes formulate in the warmer seasons from June to November, while Nor’easters form in the cool seasons from November into March
Take Stock Of Your Home’s Condition
As our region deals with the repair and clean up from this sudden and severe storm, it’s to your benefit to review your homes exterior. Is it time to replace your windows, gutters or roof? Do you need an expert’s opinion on the damage? We have a short checklist to help while you are picking the broken tree branches from your lawn:
- Siding:Are there sections of your siding that are loosened, damaged or missing?
- Gutters:Are your gutters still firmly attached to your roof?
- Doors:Did you notice a draft through your doors? Is daylight visible through the door frame?
- Roofing:Are you missing shingles? Are there signs of more obvious damage (like broken tree limbs)?
- Windows:Did you notice a draft coming through your windows? Moisture? Is daylight visible around the window casing? Is there obvious damage (like broke panes)?
If your home sustained any damage from Friday’s Nor’easter, Thompson Creek is here to help! Our home exterior products are designed for the worst that mother nature has to offer. Our windows have a wind load of 153 MPH, which is comparable to a category 4 hurricane! We offer an extensive range of gutter systems, roofing options and storm doors to help replace any damaged ones.