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Summer Thunderstorms: Knowing What to Expect

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Summer thunderstorm Did you know that there are multiple types of thunderstorms that vary in severity?

During the summer months, there is an increased risk of thunderstorms. Did you know that there are multiple types of thunderstorms that vary in severity? In this blog, utilizing information compiled by NOAA's National Severe Storm Laboratory, we’ll talk about what you can expect with each of these different kinds of thunderstorms. Keep reading to learn how SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall can help in the event that a summer thunderstorm results in storm damage.

Single-Cell Thunderstorm

Especially on a hot summer afternoon, single cell thunderstorms are not unusual. This type of thunderstorm is typically short and weak, ending within an hour. While they may be brief, single cell thunderstorms often feature heavy rain, as well as occasional lightning.

Multi-Cell Thunderstorms

In comparison to single cell thunderstorms, multi-cell thunderstorms can last an hour to many hours. They are also stronger in nature, producing heavier rain that can lead to flooding, in addition to strong winds, tornadoes, and hail. 

Squall Line

As opposed to single and multi-cell thunderstorms, a squall line is a group of consecutive storms, forming a line. It is typical of squall lines to produce high winds and heavy rain. While they appear stronger, like multi-cell thunderstorms, they usually pass over an area quickly and are less likely to produce tornadoes. Sometimes, there can be super squalls, which can last closer to an hour.


A derecho is a very rare weather event that is characterized by a lengthy storm with strong winds, alongside rain showers and thunderstorms that move rapidly. Often, derechos can cause destruction comparable to that of a tornado. However, property owners can take comfort in the fact that derechos occur at a very infrequent rate.

Have Storm Damage? SERVPRO Can Help

In the event that your home or business endures storm damage this summer as a result of one of the types of storms described above, or any kind of storm, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is here to help. Our highly-trained storm damage restoration technicians are standing by with the skills and advanced technology necessary to provide customers with top-quality Storm Damage Restoration services. Additionally, our SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County website is teeming with resources, such as our Water and Storm Damage Tips page, which can help prevent additional damage before help arrives. You can also find peace of mind in knowing that SERVPRO Team Wall is part of the larger Disaster Recovery Team, composed of SERVPRO teams across the country, a tool that allows us to compile resources and put our heads together in the event of disastrous storm events. Call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County right away at (410) 229-0012 to make it “Like it never even happened” for your residential or commercial property.

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