Our area has been getting hit with intense winter storms right now. I’m used to the rain storms down south when I lived near the ocean, but the ice and snow is new to me. I didn’t realize that these winter storms can pack a serious punch between high winds and heavy precipitation. You have to be careful and avoid the busy highways if you know a snow and ice storm is headed your way. Some people aren’t experienced driving on these roads if they don’t live in this kind of climate year after year. I get more worried about other drivers in these stormy conditions than I do with my own. Still, it’s smart to avoid the roads if you are worried about the weather during the winter season. Unfortunately, you might not necessarily be safe in your home either. When I heard a large snapping noise during a winter storm yesterday, I didn’t expect to hear a wood and metal smashing noise just seconds later. Upon running outside, I could see that a huge branch snapped off our oak trees and had destroyed my window air conditioner while nearly puncturing my house as well. The a/c was laying mangled in a pile of metal on the ground under the broken branch. As upset as I was about my window air conditioner getting destroyed, I was absolutely relieved that the branch failed to impact the side of the house. I can get a new window air conditioner for around $200, but the building repairs would have been several thousands dollars at least.