When I left the frigid northern temperature for the South, I didn’t really think about our proximity to the coast & the looming threat of drastic weather.
Although the bunch of us had a tornado season in the Northern Midwest, there were only a few instances where I had to go into our basement because a tornado was near the house. On the other hand, our current dwelling is under the threat of dangerous hurricanes every single year. As climate change becomes more severe, the storms get increasingly more powerful, which means there’s a fairly good chance that you’ll be impacted by at least a single storm every year. The other month the group of us had a type 3 storm transport through our area while causing a great deal of damage everywhere in its wake. We were entirely blessed that our town did not get a direct hit from the hurricane’s eye wall, however we still experienced numerous trees being knocked down & roofing shingles missing from peoples’ dwellings. One of our pine trees was knocked down & barely missed the side of our dwelling. Instead of smashing into the roof, it came down onto the Heating & A/C condenser appliance. This metal enclosure contains the air conditioning’s compressor & the fan used to cool it. It’s not especially cheap rebuilding a condenser component for an air conditioning appliance, however our insurance covered the costs. It’s significantly cheaper than fixing a gash in the side of the dwelling. I still feel super blessed that the tree didn’t fall a few inches to the left, otherwise we would have a massive hole in the garage. The Heating & A/C service professional had the condenser repaired & running again after a couple of hours working.