Windy Season Safety

How to keep your belongings safe from the Witch of November

Nov 10, 2015, 10:00 ET from Meemic Insurance Company

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter is snowy season, spring is rainy season, but late fall is definitely known in the Midwest as the windy season. With gusts of wind sometimes comparable to those of a hurricane, Meemic Insurance Company wants to remind individuals to keep their essential belongings and home safe and secure from potentially devastating conditions.

The strong winds that blow across the Great Lakes in autumn are also known as the Witch of November. The "witches" are often caused by intense, low atmospheric pressure over the Great Lakes that pulls cold Canadian air from the north and warm Gulf air in from the south. When these extreme temperatures of hot and cold collide, they can result in hurricane force winds that stir up massive waves in the Lakes and send those gusts onto land. Combine the warm water with blasts of winter-like cold, and you've got the recipe for intensifying storm systems.

To help prepare for this year's windy season, Meemic Insurance Company has compiled some tips to keep you and your belongings safe and secure.

  • Secure yard items before a storm. If you have cars outside of the garage, tractors, ATVs or anything large out in the open, including something like patio furniture, make sure you have a plan to secure it all. This could mean finding a place for it in storage or securing belongings with ropes to be sure they do not blow away or cause destruction.
  • Cut overhanging tree limbs. Any tree that spreads its branches over your roof or over your cars could result in dangerous damages during a wind storm. Cutting down potentially hazardous tree branches could save you hassle and save your home from excessive wind damage.
  • Make sure your shingles are strong enough. If you live in an area that's prone to high winds, understand that the average shingle is not built to properly protect your home from heavy storms. Your largest investment is your home. Take the time to replace your shingles if needed to protect you and your family from unwanted destruction.
  • Stock up your emergency supply kit. Heavy winds can often lead to power outages, sometimes for days at a time. This means it is important to be prepared with enough water and non-perishables in the event that power outages last longer than expected.
  • Be sure that your insurance is up to date on all of your belongings.

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Meemic Insurance Company ( provides personal lines insurance products solely and exclusively to teachers and other educational employees in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than 65 years, Meemic remains a Michigan-based, teacher-founded company, proud partner of the educational community, committed to offering the finest possible protection, products and services at preferred rates. Trust Meemic for claims excellence, policy payment options to meet your needs and products tailored solely to the educational community we serve. Meemic is a financially strong company (A. M. Best rating effective December 2014). Best of all, by choosing Meemic, you're also supporting fellow educators through The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education, which provides exclusive educational grants for teachers. Our stability and reputation for integrity builds the confidence of our policyholders and remains the foundation for our continued mission to serve the educational community.


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