Living along the coast is not without its risks – The Gulf of Mexico is no stranger to tropical storms and hurricanes. Even if your house is not in the direct path of a storm, your home can still be impacted by the effects.
Heavy rains, rolling blackouts and supply chain disruptions are just a few of the effects a hurricane can have on your Biloxi home. Read on to learn how a whole-home generator installation from Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can help!
The Impact Of Hurricane Idalia
Predicted to approach Florida as a Category 2 hurricane, Hurricane Idalia will have a far reach. Residents as far away as the coastline of Mississippi could experience intense weather events from the edges of this storm.
Generally, a Category 2 hurricane can affect an area spanning several hundred miles, with its strongest winds and heaviest rainfall concentrated near its center. Outer bands of the hurricane can extend farther, leading to increased rainfall and gusty winds in a wider area. Coastal regions like Biloxi are particularly vulnerable to these effects.
What Happens When A Hurricane Hits?
No two storms are exactly alike – topography, wind speed and direction all play a role in creating unique events. The far-reaching effects of hurricanes on areas at the edges of these systems include:
- Flooding – Heavy rainfall can lead to flooding, causing damage to homes, infrastructure and agriculture.
- Storm surges – Coastal areas may experience storm surges, leading to coastal flooding even away from the storm’s center.
- Power outages – Strong winds and debris can cause widespread power outages, disrupting electricity supply.
- Economic impact – Infrastructure damage and business disruptions can result in economic losses and reduced productivity.
- Displacement and health concerns – Evacuations can lead to overcrowding, health risks and sanitation issues.
- Communication and supply chain disruptions – Communication infrastructure and supply chains can be disrupted, affecting coordination and resource availability.
It’s vital to keep your household safe when a hurricane makes landfall nearby. In the wake of this incoming storm, Biloxi residents deserve to live comfortably and securely. With a generator installation from Ball, you can do just that.
How Can A Generator Help?
A generator can provide critical assistance during and after a hurricane by supplying electricity when the regular power supply is disrupted. Generators can keep essential appliances, medical equipment, communication devices and lighting functioning.
Power your refrigerator and freezer to ensure a stable food supply during extended power outages. Individuals who rely on medical devices such as oxygen concentrators, CPAP machines and dialysis machines can maintain their treatment even in the absence of grid power.
Generators also enable the operation of cell phones, radios and other communication devices, helping people stay informed and connected. After the hurricane, generators can be used to power tools and equipment needed for cleanup, repairs and rebuilding efforts.
Keeping Biloxi Powered
It’s important to use generators safely and responsibly, as improper use can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical hazards and other dangers. Generators should be operated outdoors in well-ventilated areas, kept away from windows and doors and never connected directly to household wiring without proper safeguards.
Let the team at Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical provide you with long-lasting, safe and effective generator services. Reach out today to get started!