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Common Disasters in New York That Cause Flooding and Fire Damage

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New York’s most common natural disasters include severe storms, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. And as every New Yorker knows, these disasters can do a lot of damage to property and homes in the state. When disaster strikes, it’s good to know that a New York emergency restoration company specializing in fire restorations and flood damage cleanup can help homeowners in Nassau County and Queens restore their homes and regain property value. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common New York disasters and the types of damage they can cause.

Severe Storms, Blizzards, and Hurricanes

Severe storms can include a combination of weather hazards, such as thunder and lightning, heavy rains, high winds, hail, nor’easters, and blizzards.

In New York, thunderstorms occur year-round, but happen more often during July and August. Thunderstorms bring both lightning strikes, which can cause fire damage, and heavy rains, which can cause flooding.

Heavy rainfall. The East Coast usually sees between 20 and 40 nor’easters each year, and while not all of these reach New York, even one can cause significant damage and economic loss. The biggest damage caused by nor’easters is flooding, especially in low-lying areas.

Since it takes only one storm and increased water levels of no more than two inches to cause significant flood damage, New York storms can be one of the major causes of flood damage cleanup in Nassau County and Queens.

Heavy snowfall. Blizzards and ice storms can also cause flooding due to the intense precipitation they bring. On average, New York City and Long Island get 29 inches of snowfall each year, with the rest of the state averaging 70 inches per year. When hurricane-force winds are added to heavy snowfall, it produces a blizzard and the prospect of even greater property damage.

Hurricanes. Hurricane season begins in June and lasts through November, and while New York is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms because it’s on the East Coast, only a few tropical storms reach New York each year, and ever fewer hit the state while classified as a hurricane.

Still, in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused storm surges and flooding, and with a total of over $19 billion in damages in New York alone, became the costliest natural disaster in New York history. Flood events can be extremely damaging to homes, causing homeowners to lose personal property along with damage to a home’s interior.

Wildfires and Human-Caused Fires

More than half of New York state is covered in forest terrain, leaving the state highly prone to wildfires. Wildfires can be caused by lightning strikes, and late summer and early fall are considered peak wildfire months.

Lightning strikes can cause fire damage in an instant. While New York only has a moderate amount of lightning strikes when compared with the rest of the country, the Empire State Building alone is struck by lightning approximately 25 times per year. The fire risk from lightning strikes is high, and can cause major damage to homes that are hit.

More common in urban areas are human-caused fires, which account for 95% of the state’s destructive fires and resulting damage. When fire disaster strikes, a professional team specializing in fire restorations can help New York homeowners clean soot, recover personal property, and restore interiors.

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