As we approach the heart of hurricane season, it’s important to remember that extreme weather conditions affect every region of the United States. From the wildfires in the West, the floods in the Midwest, and the blistering heat wave we’re all feeling in Texas – no one is immune to the dangers posed by severe weather. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most damaging extremes and offer some tips on how to stay safe during a major storm. Voss Law Firm is here to help you with your insurance claims, if you are one of the millions affected by these weather events. Stay safe out there!
More than 120 million Americans feel extreme heat
Thermal dome is centered near Nashville. It has created dozens of high temperature records since it first formed late last week over Texas and the Southwest. Temperatures soared to 123 degrees in California’s Death Valley, while Phoenix recorded 114 and Las Vegas at 109 over the weekend. Austin and San Antonio reached 105. The weather phenomenon is responsible for at least three deaths in Arizona. In Phoenix, a homeless man died after collapsing in 114-degree weather Friday night. A man died on Saturday while hiking Peralta Road in the Superstition Mountains east of the city in 106-degree weather. On Sunday, a woman suffered heat stroke while working in her yard in Tucson and later died in hospital, according to the National Weather Service. The intense heat has also caused problems for homeowners and destroyed properties across the state. In San Antonio, fire officials responded to the many fire calls from space heaters. And in Austin, firefighters had to rescue two construction workers who were stranded on an elevated platform due to a power outage caused by a heat wave. With no end in sight to severe weather, Texans are being urged to take precautions and stay calm.
Flooding around Yellowstone National Park
Unusually wet weather surrounded the Pacific Northwest Thermal Dome, where the jet stream decreased late last week. This allowed an unusually strong moisture column for this time of year – known as an atmospheric river – to rise inland from the Pacific Ocean. He has spread exceptional June rainfall not only in Washington and Oregon but also in the northern Rockies.
Heavy rain and melting snow combined to produce historic floods around Yellowstone National Park. Rain between two and three inches was reported on several measures between Saturday and Monday. The resulting runoff caused widespread flooding, especially along the Yellowstone River. Some roads and bridges have been dredged, and water levels are expected to remain high for several days. Homeowners in flood-prone areas are advised to take extreme precautions, as even small amounts of fast-moving water can be dangerous. Those downstream of any dam should also be on the alert, as operators may have to release large amounts of water if structures become overloaded.
Forest fires in the southwest
Wildfires are a growing concern in the American Southwest. The combination of extreme weather conditions, including high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds, has led to dangerous fires in recent years. As a result, new fires broke out throughout the region, including in California and Arizona. The most recent fire, known as a pipeline fire, has burned over 5,000 acres north of Flagstaff, Arizona. In response to the fire, the Arizona Snowball Ski Resort was closed and hundreds of homes were evacuated. This is the second fire affecting the region this year. Wildfires pose a major danger to homeowners in the Southwest, and it is important to be aware of the dangers they pose.
New Mexico is currently facing one of the worst wildfire seasons ever. The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire complex, which began in early June, has now charred a whopping 325,340 acres — twelve times the size of Disney World. The fire is currently 70 percent contained, but weather conditions are expected to become severe in the coming days, which could lead to a further spread. Meanwhile, the Black Fire, the second largest fire on record in New Mexico, is also still burning. So far, the fire has destroyed nearly 60 homes and forced hundreds of people to flee. Although the weather conditions are not harsh in this area, the fire is proving difficult to contain. With no end in sight to any of these fires, New Mexico faces an uphill battle to control them. With extreme weather conditions becoming increasingly common, it is only a matter of time before another wildfire breaks out.
While we hope you’ll never suffer damage from a natural disaster, it’s important to be prepared. If something does happen, make sure you have the right insurance coverage in place. And if you find yourself struggling with your insurance company after a natural disaster, feel free to contact The Voss Law Firm for assistance. With decades of experience fighting for people’s claims, we know what it takes to get the best outcome for our clients. Complete the online contact form or call our office at 888-614-7730 To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our legal team. We work in emergencies, so don’t pay anything unless we win your case.