Hurricane-force winds are hitting Southern California, with 60+ mph winds gusting through our counties, and 80 mph winds through our mountain regions. These can cause trees and power lines to fall, which can cause severe property damage. Scattered thunderstorms are said to follow, causing even further damage to homes and commercial properties.
The Orange County Fire Authority is increasing their staff and patrols in anticipation of these powerful winds. Remember that just a few weeks ago, a downed power line was the suspected source of a fire in Stanton. The winds should hit their peak by tomorrow morning and Friday morning.
Please keep alert for fires in your area! The OCFA has fire-watch volunteers fanning out into the counties’ wild lands to discourage arsonists and watch for any fires starting. According to wildland defense planner George Ewan, it’s lucky that much of the wild vegetation in Southern California has been dampened by recent rains, but that does not mean fires can’t or won’t start.
According to the National Weather Service, this weather is being caused by an “inside slider”, a cold system of low-pressure air descending over our region from the north.
Have you been affected by the winds? Has your residence or place of business suffered:
- Roof damage from a fallen tree?
- Water damage from a leak in a ruined roof?
- Water damage from wind-driven rain? (Be aware that in Orange County, even a little water damage can quickly turn into a very expensive mold problem.)
- Fire damage from fallen power lines or wildfires?
We can provide the following services to Orange County residents:
- Emergency tarp-up
- Building stabilization
- Roof repair
If your Orange County home or business has been affected by the wind and storm in any way, you need to act now.