Derechos; Straight Storms
What are Derechos?
Derechos can be simply summarized as strong, straight-line storms that don't cyclone like hurricanes and are commonly accompanied by powerful thunderstorms. The storms are called "derechos" as it means "direct" or "straight ahead" in Spanish. The storm damage is described as "straight line wind damage" as it causes damage comparable to tornadoes, but along a straight line. The wind strength may be inconsistent along the derecho path and the stronger winds are caused by downbursts. Past the devastating winds, derechos have another thing up their sleeves! Derechos are often accompanied by thunderstorms and have hurricane force winds.
What's the risk to us?
Derechos are less common in Florida, but have occurred in the past. As property owners and renters it is important to understand the different risks that can affect our lives and land. Derechos have been called many things in the past, but most importantly, they are dangerous and we all need to be informed and prepared.
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