The 2020 hurricane season is upon us. Between June 1st and November 30th, hurricanes sweep through the South Atlantic region of the United States, every year. Some years are better in terms of damage than others, but there’s always a concern for homeowners and anybody living with or near trees.
From most to least affected, these states all tend to feel the effects of hurricane season:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New York
With everything going on in the world in 2020, it’s tempting to hope that we see fewer of these hurricanes. But, with the recent arrival of Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana, it’s clearly still a top priority for people in these states to be prepared.
Downed trees can quickly become hazards and lead to other related hazards. Which is why we use our removal services to clear these environments of any and all dangers related to the hurricane season. We’re there after the storm, ready to remove high-risk trees that may have fallen or become damaged in your area.
Let’s take a closer look at how we recently helped local residents who were affected by Hurricane Laura.
What is a Hurricane?
Hurricanes, also known as tropical cyclones, begin within the Atlantic basin. This area includes the Caribbean ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern north Pacific Ocean. When a tropical cyclone reaches consistent wind speeds of 74 MPH, it is considered a hurricane.
These storms are categorized based on a wind scale that ranges from 1-to-5. The higher the wind scale, the higher the category number:
- 74-to-95 MPH – Category 1
- 96-to-110 MPH – Category 2
- 111-to-129 MPH – Category 3
- 130to-156 MPH – Category 4
- 157 MPH or higher – Category 5
At 1 AM CDT, Hurricane Laura touched down in Louisiana with 150 MPH winds, an instant category four. Laura left a path of destruction behind as it moved throughout northern Louisiana.
The devastation claimed the lives of 25 people and left about 880,000 Louisianans without power. Strong winds uprooted trees, many of which landing on nearby houses, cars, and other property.
Clearing the Debris
Upon learning about Laura and the destruction she was capable of, SB Tree Service didn’t hesitate to bring our services to local residents. Tree removal after a large-scale storm is vital for many reasons, including:
- Clearing paths for emergency workers
- Removing trees that have the potential to clog storm drains
- Removing dead trees that might be laying on a power line
- Clearing uprooted trees that can come crashing down at any moment
With these benefits of tree removal in mind, we made clean up services accessible to those who were at risk. We’re happy to report, SB Tree Service lead the charge on multiple tree recovery, removal and clearance jobs for the residents of Louisiana.
Prepare (and Let Us Help)
Being prepared for a hurricane means planning for the worst, packing essential items, assessing your home or office environment, and removing fallen or leaning trees for safety.
And hurricane season isn’t past us, yet. Contact a professional tree removal service to keep you and your family safe. You can count on us, under any condition, to remove dangerous debris after a storm. Your safety is our top priority. Contact us, today to speak with a tree professional about removal services in Daytona Beach and Volusia County, and let’s get you hurricane-ready.