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Texas Self Storage Business Survives Loss of Roof to Microburst

by Winnie Hsiu August 25, 2010 5:40 PM
At this time of the year, we hear a lot about tornadoes in the news. But this Monday, a Sherman, Texas self storage facility was hit by a different, but potentially just as devastating, kind of wind that can also come from a severe thunderstorm -- a microburst, which is a kind of downdraft. A-American Self-Storage lost the top layer of the roof off one of its five rows of self storage units to high winds from a microburst. Fortunately, A-American’s roof is well made. The lower layers of the roof held steady, and tenants later reported that only a few light sprinkles of water, at worst, were able to penetrate the damaged roof during the remainder of the storm. [More]

Storing Emergency Supplies -- How Can You Prepare for Flash Floods?

by John Stevens July 23, 2010 10:01 PM
Summer thunderstorm season has hit -- with a vengeance. Severe storms, possible tornadoes, and more flash floods are predicted to hit the Milwaukee and Flagstaff areas again this evening, as well as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Des Moines, Iowa. St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri are still recovering from flash flooding earlier this week. The Mississippi River is said to be at a “minor flood stage” in the St. Louis region. How can residents prepare for more storms and flooding? [More]

Kalamazoo Self Storage Facility Takes Hit From Storms

by Winnie Hsiu April 7, 2010 2:11 PM
The thunderstorms that rolled into southwest Michigan late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, in addition to knocking out power to hundreds of people and turning over a semi-truck as its driver slept, also caused extensive damage at a Kalamazoo area self storage facility, Cloverleaf RV and Self Storage of Schoolcraft.

The storms are not, at this point, thought to have generated tornados in the area, but gusts of wind were reported up to 72 miles per hour in the Schoolcraft area, and one National Weather Service surveyor commented to Kalamazoo's News Channel 3 that the damage was consistent with 80-mile-per-hour winds. The winds knocked down power lines providing power to about 7,000 customers of Midwest Energy Cooperative and about 9,700 customers of Consumers Energy during the worst of the storm, and left live power lines lying across Michigan roads. A 70,000 pound semi-trailer full of fabricated metal driven by Alan Cowherd was tipped over by the winds (Cowherd, who was parked and sleeping in the cab at the time, was unhurt). In nearby Vicksburg, a silo was knocked over. And, at Cloverleaf RV, about a dozen RVs were badly damaged. [More]