August 1, 2019

The year 2018 had 15 named storms, two of which wound up being some of the biggest and most damaging ever to hit the U.S. Hurricane Florence was a Category 1 when it made landfall in the Carolinas. Many people didn’t believe it would be too bad, but between feet of rain and the storm surge, catastrophic flooding destroyed everything in its path. Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle as one of the strongest storms on record and decimated areas in its direct path. With massive hurricanes becoming the norm, it is more imperative than ever that we look at what happened before so that we can prepare for the future.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson scale rates hurricanes according to their sustained wind speeds and how much damage they will do. Florence taught us that even at a Category 1, storms can be catastrophic when it comes to wind speeds and rainfall.

McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning has seen its share of hurricanes while servicing Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. We are available 24/7 for emergency repairs when the winds stop and the water recedes.


When deciding whether or not to evacuate, consider all aspects of the storm. Low wind speeds do not mean that you will be safe staying in your house. If you do stay, make flood preparations by doing the following:

  • Evaluating risks
  • Locating FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center online
  • Knowing evacuation routes and shelters
  • Remembering essential medications and documents

Protect Your Property

Reduce the storm’s ability to damage your home. Secure or bring inside outdoor furniture and equipment, trampolines, hanging plants and garbage cans. Keep your trees trimmed and remove any debris. Clean your gutters, drains, and ditches to keep rainwater moving. No matter where they fall on the scale, hurricanes could always surprise us. Don’t take any chances with your life, and evacuate if suggested. Property can always be replaced.

Contact the Professionals

No matter what types of repair you need after a major storm, McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning is a company you can trust to get the job done right at the lowest price. We proudly serve Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. We offer heating and air conditioning maintenance, installation, and repair. Our company also provides new construction and duct cleaning as well as a variety of products. Call us to schedule a service appointment today.

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