Major Hurricane Avoids U.S. But Flooding Disaster Still Possible

Tropical storm Joaquin has now officially been upgraded to Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 hurricane with winds clocking in as high as 115 miles per hour. Right now it is still just off the Bahamas, and several islands are taking a pounding. Nassau for example has been punishing rains and winds, and expert forecasters predict that this Hurricane will grow even more intense before traveling a path which nears the U.S East Coast. Luckily so far in the Bahamas there have been no reported casualties as yet.

The effects are already being felt on the East Coast of the United states. There is already a high tropical moisture count along the east coast. Some areas along the East Coast are expected to get a foot or more of rain, before the storm even hits the coast, if it’s path does indeed cause it to make landfall in the U.S.A. Charleston for example is predicting 12 to 18″ of rain, while Asheville is expecting 5 to 8″ of rain. Portland, Maine is already flooding due to this storm. Cambridge ma has already experienced flooding problems due to the rain as well. Indeed all along the East Coast, the effects of this storm are readily apparent.

Several East Coast states already have flood advisories ongoing. It only takes 3 inches of rain to fall in one hour to cause flash flooding. Areas in 15 states have ongoing flash flood advisories. The potential for massive amounts of water damage, not seen since Hurricane Sandy looms overhead. Several states are experiencing a feeling of deja vu, as Hurricane Joaquin nears the U.S coast. It remains to be seen how this storm will play out. One thing is certain, and that is heavy rains will continue till as late as Monday, Oct 5th along much of the East Coast of the United States.

One key difference between Sandy and Hurricane Joaquin is rainfall. Rainfall was not so much of an issue with Sandy, it was more the high winds which caused so much devastation with Sandy. With Hurricane Joaquin however, rainfall is and will continue to be a major issue. This is due a combination of a stalling frontal boundary combined with a intense layer of tropically moist air flowing into and over, and around it, from either the Hurricane itself or another non-tropical low. This is already resulting in widespread torrential rainfall. There are factors at play which is left unchecked will result in torrential rains hitting a much larger area than Sandy. A swath of moist air from the Gulf Of Mexico is already causing major flooding in some areas of Virginia and North Carolina.

The condition are ripe for wide spread water damage across much of the East Coast. Several computer models have shown that several states could receive between 5 to 10 inches or more of rain, in but a short time. Residents of the East Coast are advised to have plans in place for emergencies related to flash flooding and flooding in general.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Water and Flood Damage Cleanup

    What type of cleanup is involved after a flood?

    Heavy-duty cleaning is usually required after a flood. This may include cleaning with industrial-strength cleaners and specialized equipment.

    How do you clean flood damaged items?

    You can clean flood damaged items with a variety of methods, depending on the item. For example, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove water from carpets and upholstery. You can also use a mop and bucket to remove water from floors.

    How do you clean concrete after a flooding?

    If the concrete was only wet, you can let it dry and then sweep or hose it off. If it was covered in mud or other debris, you will need to power wash it.

    What to spray in the basement after flooding to remove odors and prevent mold growth?

    Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after flooding. To prevent mold growth, spray a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water throughout the basement.

    How do you deodorize a basement after a flood?

    You can use a combination of baking soda and vinegar to deodorize a basement after a flood.

    How long should you run dehumidifier after a flood?

    It is recommended to run a dehumidifier for three to five days after a flood. The length of time will depend on other factors such as the type of materials impacted by water damage, the temperature and the strength of the dehumidifier.

    How do you dry a floor after a flood?

    Mop the floor with clean water to remove any dirt or debris. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Place fans around the room to help circulate air and speed up the drying process. Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter the room.