IBHS resources to aid in winter storm recovery
First there was Sandy, and now a winter storm has plunged more than 115,000 people in parts of the northeastern U.S., where power was recently restored, back into the dark. Find IBHS resources for using generators safely.
The nor’easter that socked the storm-ravaged region overnight brought high winds and heavy snow, including 4.7 inches in Central Park where it’s already the third snowiest November on record, the National Weather Service reports. Winds gusting up to 54 mph were reported in some areas, while others got as much as 12 inches of snow. Residents from Connecticut to Rhode Island generally got slammed with 3 to 6 inches of snow, but 8 inches of snow fell in Worcester, Mass. How much snow can your roof handle? Find out with IBHS resources.
While the East Coast digs out, the National Weather Service this morning also issued a winter storm warning for western Montana. Valleys in that state could pick up 5 inches of snow, with the foothills seeing 7 inches of accumulation, and up to 2 feet of snowfall possible in the mountains.
Winter weather-related power outages are particularly damaging because, in addition to leaving residents vulnerable to freezing temperatures, prolonged outages can lead to frozen pipes. The resulting water damage can make a bad situation worse and cause $5,000 in water damage from a single burst pipe, according to IBHS research. Find out how to protect your pipes.
Whether cranking up the generator to stay warm or protecting your pipes against the deep freeze, IBHS has a variety of freezing weather property protection resources to help you make it through an early, and already brutal, winter.
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