Apr 16, 2012 12:00 AM by Siera Santos

Severe Weather Awareness Week

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Colorado and the National Weather Service is highlighting a different type of threat each day. Soon forecasters will be warning of severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes.

Tuesday, the Weather Service will conduct a test tornado warning between 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday tips will be given on what to do in case of flash flood. With hail as the topic on Thursday, lightning and wildfire safety will follow on Friday.

Although around 50 tornadoes touch down each year across the state, the most common type of damage along the eastern plains is caused by wind or hail storms.

"A big hailstorm or a windstorm can easily cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the state of Colorado. We've had some that have cost upwards of six, seven, eight-hundred for just one storm that's hit," according to Robert F. Edgin, an agent with American National Insurance Company.

Going into severe weather season, Edgin says it's important to make sure you've got the proper coverage for wind and hail storms and the right amount of coverage for your home in case it's hit by a tornado.

Homeowners looking to build a new home or install a new roof should also look into hail or wind resistant roofing. They're a special classification of roofs that are more impact resistant and will help prevent damage.




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