When I left the cold northern climate for the South, I didn’t think about our proximity to the coast and the threat of brutal weather.
- Even though every one of us had a tornado season in the Northern Midwest, there were only a handful of instances where I had to go into our basement because a tornado was within a few miles of our household.
On the other hand, our up-to-date beach household is under the threat of super charged hurricanes every single year. As climate change becomes worse, the storms get larger and more powerful, which means there’s a wonderful chance that you’ll be impacted by at least one storm every year. Last year every one of us had a category 3 storm easily move through our section while causing disfigurement everywhere in its wake. Every one of us were extremely lucky that our neighborhood did not get a direct hit from the hurricane’s eye wall, but every one of us still had trees knocked down and roofing shingles missing from peoples’ households. One of our pine trees was actually knocked down and barely missed the side of our household. Instead of slamming into the roof, it came down onto the Heating & A/C device condenser. This metal enclosure contains the a/c’s compressor and the fan used to cool it. It’s not actually cheap rebuilding a condenser component for an a/c device, but our insurance covered the expenses. It’s a great deal cheaper than fixing a gash in the side of the household. I still feel incredibly fortunate that the tree didn’t fall a few inches to the left, otherwise every one of us would have a hole in the garage. The Heating & A/C device specialist had the condenser repaired and running again after a few hours of work.