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Thunderstorms can be damaging in many ways. Flooding and hail are often considered and should have precautions taken against them, but another thing that should be kept in mind is lightning strikes.
Many storms bring rain and high winds, but every storm contains electricity and the possibility for lightning—even when there is no precipitation. The temperature of a lightning bolt can reach 500,000 degrees, which makes them highly dangerous to structures and people during a storm. Understanding how lightning is formed and what damage it can cause is essential to prevent risks.
<h3thunderstorms-form-lightning">How Thunderstorms Form Lightning
Because all thunderstorms involve electrical charges, a lightning strike is always possible. What we see as a lightning bolt is actually a quick burst of the storm’s electrical charge, which occurs when it becomes over-agitated.
The earth’s atmosphere is a poor insulator for electricity, which is what prompts lightning to seek out objects and choose the most efficient path to the ground. If a home is what is in the bolt’s path, lightning usually travels through wiring and water pipes to reach the soil.
<h3damage-is-caused-by-lightning">How Damage Is Caused by Lightning
Along with the multitude of dangers from the storms themselves, there are [three main dangers unique to lightning strikes]:
Fire risks. This is one of the main dangers lightning can bring because of how efficiently it can ignite objects. A lightning bolt is hot enough to cause a house to catch fire upon impact. Once it strikes, as the lightning moves through the wiring system, it can damage the wires, leading to possible fire hazards throughout the entire wiring system.
Power surges. Due to lightning’s electrical nature, as it travels through a home’s wiring system, it can transfer its charge. This can damage any appliance that is not routed through a surge protector.
Shock waves. Shock waves are typically called thunder, but they are not limited to the clouds. The shock waves from a lightning strike are powerful enough to shatter glass and explode building materials at close range, compromising the structure and potentially causing residual damage via shrapnel as well.
If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.