An EF-3 tornado swept across North Carolina last April 25, leveling several properties and leaving in its wake a general path of destruction. Below is an excerpt from a Fox 17 report dated April 26:

An EF-3 or stronger tornado that caused at least 15 injuries in Beaufort County, North Carolina on Friday was the first major tornado in the United States this year.

It set a record for the latest first major tornado in a calendar year since National Weather Service record keeping began in 1950, according to scientists in the Severe Weather Institutes — Radar and Lightning Laboratories at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Major tornadoes are considered EF-3, EF-4, and EF-5 on the enhanced Fujita scale.

There is little even a well-built home can do against EF-3 winds and a tornado of this magnitude poses serious risk to life and limb even if you’re indoors. This is why advance warning, family disaster plans, and regular drills involving a pre-designated shelter—such as a basement or cellar—are crucial. Should there be a recurrence, implement your disaster plan immediately.

In the event of a weak to moderately strong tornado, however, your roof will play an important role in protecting your home and its occupants. It gives your outer walls lateral stability, preventing the outward collapse typical of tornado-damaged properties. Strengthening your roofing system will therefore be of immense help. To this end, your best move would be to enlist the help of a trusted Lewisville roofing company like Cooley Roofing.

The company installs, repairs, and replaces residential and commercial roofing systems and is committed to delivering topnotch protection from the elements. Drawing from 23 years of experience as dependable Lewisville roofers, Cooley Roofing provides high-quality roofing solutions to homes and businesses throughout their service area.

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(Article from 2014 U.S. Tornado Drought Ends, Fox 17, April 26, 2014)

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