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Powerful Storm Pounds the Midwest, Homeowners Should Take Necessary Precautions

A powerful storm has been reported to hit the Midwest today. The storm is expected move gradually toward the north into Canada.

An intense low pressure continues to bring cold weather, heavy rains, and strong winds across the regions of the Great Lakes, Midwest, and Northeast today. Gusty winds of more than 50 mph spanked across Chicago on Wednesday, which brought down power lines and trees. Lake Michigan experienced wind gusts of over 60 mph and witnessed waves of more than 20 feet during the day.

Forecasters predict that this winter could be a cool and wet one for the states located in the north, including the northwest regions of United States. The drought is expected to worsen in the southern areas, where the climate is predicted to be drier and warmer than normal.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pacific Ocean cooling effect, referred to as La Nina, is going to impact the weather just like the last winter. This may result in below-average temperatures and more mountain snow in western Montana and the Northwest in the winters.

Weather experts predict that the snowfall this season will probably top the normal amounts from the Northwest across the Great Lakes through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.

Dry conditions are expected across the Southern California through Texas and Oklahoma as well as across the Gulf Coast into Florida and some parts of northern Virginia.

Winter season with wet and windy storms can take its toll on your house. Homeowners must take easy and simple steps to prevent misery from unwarranted extra repair costs and high fuel bills during the winter season.

Check your draught excluder several times during the year. Fix them immediately if they are unsuitable for the purpose as this can lead to higher amounts of fuel bills.

You should also get all the exterior pipe-work properly lagged to protect them from freezing and busting.

Inspect your garden fences for any signs of movement, as intense winter winds can blow them easily. Replacing fence panels cannot only be an expensive affair, but it can also cost you lots of your valuable time. You can save considerable amount of money in labor costs if you check them before the nasty winter weather sets in.

You should also check the external paintwork around your windows and doors. Peeling around these areas can allow the water to seep in the wood and rot it.

Make sure that your roof gutters and downspouts are not clogged. Clean them regularly to allow the water to flow freely.

Although there is no clear-cut guide to maintain your home as each one is different from another, but by following the above-mentioned steps you can certainly limit the damage to your home caused by the cold climatic conditions.

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