It's Just Wind. What's the Big Deal?

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

It's Just Wind.  What's the Big Deal?

On Wednesday and Thursday I attend a seminar put together by Long & Foster's education department that revolved around building a team, selling a business and buying a business.  It was two days very well spent in learning different ways to grow a business and eventually retire.  If I were to guess, I would think that very few real estate companies in the Northern Virginia marketplace, shoot, maybe even the country, help their agents figure out how to value their businesses for sale so they can have a retirement plan.  That alone will be a phenomenal recruiting tool for Long & Foster, as if they didn't have enough already.

Upon entering the classroom on Thursday morning, I joked with a gal that was sitting behind me that I was surprised they didn't cancel class for the upcoming wind storm.  "Cancel something for wind?  It's just wind.  What's the big deal?"  Apparently she hadn't read the weather alert on her phone, or maybe she doesn't have an app set up to give her one.  Then again, maybe she really does have the misconception that wind, outside of a tornado or hurricane is nothing to worry about.  Expected winds of 50 mph with gusts up to as high as 75 mph is not just wind.  It's a strong gale according to the Beaufort Wind Scale.  Thankfully, it wasn't due to start until well after our class was over.

If there's one thing in weather I can't stand it is wind.  It's probably tied with ice, but wind is something we see more frequently.  What we had in Northern Virignia yesterday felt like a hurricane without the rain.  The sound of wind can induce some serious anxiety in me.

My husband and I were on guard for the event.  We had taken in our light weight patio furniture and anything that might take flight from our porch.  I had even asked a seller to remove all riders from a real estate sign I had in their front yard.   All was calm come bed time.  I even managed to get some really good sleep until a little after 4am on Friday a blast of sustained wind hit my house that made a racket so loud I was UP.  It was awful and it went on for the majority of the morning and mid afternoon.  Late afternoon the winds calmed down, but midday we had lost power.  Power was restored, thankfully, 10pm the same night.  At the point, hours without heat and lots of cold wind, had made the home a bit nippy.  

We are lucky in that we live down a hill from the direction of the prevailing wind.  Too this point we have have not, in any wind event, lost shingles, siding or shutters.  What we did lose yesterday was our mailbox.  We found in the treeline by our home, along with another neighbor's mailbox and some front porch decor that I recognized from a neighboring house further up the street.   We fished out our mailbox and the other one was picked up soon after by the other mailboxless neibhbor.  In a moment of relative calm, I took the floral decor up to the house where I knew it belonged.  Got a chance to chat with a neighbor I have never met, so it wasn't all bad.  

We also learned a trick about how best to use a Maglite for illumination.  Carry it like a torch with the light pointing toward the ceiling.  It illuminates a lot more of the room you are in, particularly when you have off white ceilings like we do.  When we wanted to eat dinner, and feared the long Maglite tipping over, we used a narrow and heavy vase to place it in so it would be secure in that torch positioning.

Today, our mailbox is bungee corded to the wood frame and holding steady.  The wind is still there, but seems to be less intense.  (I say that, but we did just get a sustained gust that my our desks feel like they moved.)  At least with our power restored, I can dive into the tasks I had lined up for a listing, as well as the numbers I wanted to run to see the worth of my business.  Yep, I'm a nerd when it comes to my business.  The highlight of my day will be finding out my Client Acquisition Cost for last year.   Might seem torturous for a lot of people, but then again, I am someone who loves to dive into the nitty gritty.  Thank goodness I still have a roof in good shape to do it under.


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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

People who feel like the wind is no big deal likely never witnessed a Tornado. It takes a lot less than that to cause problems.

Mar 03, 2018 11:48 AM #1
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

We are having a wind issue here not near that strong but for us it is pretty bad. I have ridden in the wind more times than I care to count and it takes it out of me. I feel drained after being in the wind for more than a few minutes. It did blow a power line off the pole and kill on of our cows last night but only one line. 

Mar 03, 2018 12:20 PM #2
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes

Chris, Wind is something to not take lightly we have been extremely lucky that we have not had power go out in the last 2 hurricans Ike and Harvey. THough we did evacuate in Harvey but at least we had a home to come home to!

Mar 03, 2018 02:47 PM #3
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Wind is very dangerous. There were a lot of downed trees in a lot of states. I read about a couple of them that were a close call to injuring or killing someone. Also, there was a little boy asleep in a bunk bed that was killed by a tree during this storm.

Glad your mailbox was the only casualty at your home. We had a window screen fly off our house. Sometimes it makes you feel like you are in The Wizard of Oz.  

Mar 03, 2018 03:49 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What I notice here in Sacramento, is that it isn't the heavy rains that do the most damage.  It's the winds that knock trees down afterward.

Mar 03, 2018 03:58 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Winds can be extremely dangerous. I can’t imagine anyone not respecting the ferocity of a storm packing high winds. Glad your okay.

Mar 03, 2018 04:02 PM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Myrl Jeffcoat It's the flooding and soaking of the trees in the clay soil that causes them to lose their footing and keel over (not necessarily the wind).

But the winds do blow off shingles and damage roofs. 

Mar 03, 2018 06:48 PM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There is a lot of danger with heavy wind,  You are getting hit in your area a lot this winter

Mar 03, 2018 09:06 PM #8
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Chris Ann,

It has been very windy in Las Vegas and California. 

What I hate worst about the wind is stirring up the dust and chemicals in the sand and soil which creates allergy's.

Mar 04, 2018 09:26 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Chris Ann wind can be a very big deal during our monsoon season here in Phoenix.  We always have to be aware of the weather and if we need to prepare in advance before we leave the home.  We get horrible dust storms (not often thankfully) and when we get them it's nothing to mess around with. Stay inside and make sure all  tied down or put away outside. If we're driving we stop somewhere fast and wait out the storm (they do pass quickly).

Mar 04, 2018 02:13 PM #10
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