Offering Solutions After A Hailstorm/Tornado Part II

hailstorms and tornadoes


Even the birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo had major commercial buildings that were leveled and found spread throughout the city. As seen in other states, trees and power lines were brought to their knees. No homes were left un-turned in both residential and commercial districts.

Head out to Lincoln County Tennessee and you will hear of stories such as an elementary school bus being hurled into the school building, at least what was left of it. School was not in session so there were no deaths to report. As would be expected from a trailer park there were two deaths near Athens. Also reported were houses and apartments reduced to rubble and included downed power lines and gas leaks. It seems that if you survived the tornado then you are left with the danger that lays in the wake of hail, flooding and tornadoes like exposed power lines on the streets. Just one wrong step in a puddle of water that has an exposed power line resting on it will surely electrocute a person. As this potential became alarmingly likely, people were told to stay off the roads and in their homes until all potential danger was cleared.

So beyond the shock affect that these terrible tragedies bring, there is recovery. Recovery will eventually bring itself around to damages that have been done to vehicles. Depending on the damage this can mean vehicles in the state of repair from cracked windshields, hail damaged panels and interior flooding. As a PDR Technician, depending on the additional courses taken, can care for many of these damages. Some PDR technicians have been known to chase storms and hopefully, tastefully gain the extra work that can be found in these instances. There’s nothing you can do to stop these storms but there is something you can do to help those that suffered extensive damages to their vehicles.

Offering Solutions After A Hailstorm/Tornado Part I

hailstorms and tornadoes

Most people will hear the hail and debris before a tornado hits. The final sound is generally the roar of a tornado just as it’s about to hit. The east coast was not spared from any of these sounds and fears as there were states that just as nailed as the normal mid-west states in the tornado belt got. Many reports have come in from North Carolina, Mississippi on through to New York.

In the case of North Carolina, a woman from that area was and heard all of the sounds described, opened her door and witnessed the slicing through the treeline across the street. She slammed her door, grabbed her cell phone and jumped into the bathtub.

These storms continue to rip through the east leaving havoc in their wake which unfortunately includes death. Storm risks remain including the possibility of large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding. States like Mississippi and Alabama were especially hard hit and were warned of widespread destruction and eminent death.

Tens and thousands were left without power in the South as tornadoes ripped through homes and businesses resulting in the death of 17 people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. These could be added to the toll of 18 others in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. There was one tornado in Louisville, Mississippi where a tornado flattened a day care center. To add insult to injury, Louisville’s major hospital was also among the buildings hit. The hospital itself lost their manager for the facility and were still having to comb through debris looking for other possible victims. Fortunately, the children were accounted for.

This very same destructive storm that hit Mississippi moved towards the states of Florida, Georgia and the Carolina building in size and strength. Even Tennessee was plagued with these storms and tornadoes where there were a reported two deaths as a result.

Salty & Sweet? Or Salty And Corrosive? Part I

snow storm salt

Now that Summer is knocking at the door, you need to take a look under the vehicles that you are working on and examine the damage done from the salt and chemicals used to deice the roads. Some areas, like Minnesota and even Denver are very cold and abrasive and cause a great deal of corrosion to the under belly of cars. In addition to the under belly, you need to check the paint. I know they say to spray down your car when you have driven through these salts, sands and chemicals. Well who the heck wants to do that when it’s sub-zero temperatures and doing it will freeze your doors closed. I did this once, only once, I stopped after driving on the highway for hours. A block away from my home, I stopped to spray all of that junk off of my car. The car looked great. By the time I got home, one block, my car doors froze. I was locked in my own car. I couldn’t roll down the electric windows because they were frozen in place. I kept the car running with the defroster on. and high heat. I was toasty and could see out my windows perfectly, but the car door was still frozen. I finally had to call the Fire Department, ugh. They had the deicer stuff for doors and I was out in minutes, fully embarrassed and even offered to pay for their services. These days they would take that money. 

Okay, enough about me, take a look at the foams, adhesives, welds and plugs checking for corrosion. In the collision industry, bad weather all year round, is great for business. You either have ground chemical damage, crashes because of ice, then tornadoes and hail. It’s a year round business which for the PDR Technician spells success. You can literally stay busy year round within this industry.

To find out more on what to do to build your business during the seasons, follow me to Part II.