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Manhattan Hit Hard By Wind, Lightning And Rain

Published by Jennifer on May 20, 2018 in category: Water Damage Restoration

Manhattan experienced a dramatic change in weather when a sunny day was overcome by a severe rainstorm that brought with it thunder, lightning, powerful winds, and even hail.

It was predicted that the rain could reach an inch deep in the city and was expected to cause flooding throughout Manhattan. Whenever there is a flood warning in New York City it is expected that things will get chaotic, especially when it comes to the public transportation system.

The strong winds knocked over trees that caused the suspension of the Metro-North train and heavily delayed the subway system. Needless to say, the best thing you can do to avoid this headache is to stay home during the bulk of the storm, but if you can’t, then you should expect to be late to wherever you’re going.

On top of flooding causing a public transit mess, there is also the issue of water damage. Whether you own a home in Manhattan or rent an apartment, when your living space is affected by a powerful storm such as this, it can be scary.  To stay safe and protect your stuff, there are some steps you can take to prepare for a storm of this magnitude.

Protecting Your Personal Items During A Rain Storm

Apartment living is the norm in Manhattan, with the majority of residents renting their living space in a complex or brownstone. Torrential downpours can cause water to seep into any cracks in the building’s foundation and infiltrate the units. This can cause leaks in your ceiling, depending on what floor you’re on, or full on flood your unit if you are living in a basement level apartment.

If you do not own the building, then that makes it difficult to make permanent changes to safeguard your apartment against the effects of a rainstorm, but there are some steps you can take to protect your personal items. When flooding is expected, then the first thing you should do is remove any important items from the floor and put them on shelves, countertops, or tables, anywhere that is several feet off the floor.

You should then look at your ceiling and see if there are any signs of past water damage or cracks. By keeping buckets or any type of water-catching device handy, you can place them in leaky parts of your unit so you can contain water and prevent it from spreading throughout the unit.

If heavy winds are expected during the storm, you can board up your windows to prevent objects from crashing through the glass and allowing rain, wind debris to get inside your apartment. Your windows might also be old, especially if you are living in a brownstone, so by resealing the entire window you can stop water from seeping into your unit.

Navigating A Storm In Manhattan

It can be dangerous to go outside during any storm, but if you live in Manhattan, it can be especially challenging. It is difficult to drive in the city during calm weather conditions, let alone with hurricane-level wind and rain is raging around you. 

If you use the subway to get around, then storms can make using the trains basically impossible. The system is old and was not built to withstand the rain we have been experiencing more and more of in the recent years. The trains become flooded when heavy storms hit, which not only cause delays but create dangerous situations for commuters.

If you happen to get caught outside during a storm, it is important that you know how to stay safe, especially when lightning is present. The best thing you can do is to go into any building that is nearby to avoid getting struck by lightning or hurt by powerful winds.

If that is not possible, then try to go into a hard-top car. Also be sure to stay away from any trees or bodies of water, since both can attract lightning. As tempting as it may be, you should also stay off your cell phone if you can see active lightening nearby.

Powerful winds can also be extremely dangerous if you are out in the open. You can be struck by flying debris or become knocked over due to the force of the winds. If you can’t go inside, stand as close as you can to a building until the storm settles down.

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