Many people think that hurricanes only affect a small portion of the country, but this simply isn’t the case. Even if you manage to live 1,000 miles from the nearest coast, you could still be hit with the fragments of a huge hurricane that by the time it passes over you is hovering at tropical storm wind strength. That simply means that wind speeds are over 40mph, and sometimes as high as 70mph. That’s a significant wind storm no matter what you’re used to and definitely strong enough to pack serious damage that far in from the coast. One particular city on the gulf coast was devastated by a nasty hurricane over ten years ago that tore the roofs off most homes and buildings in the 10-15 mile area where the center of the storm made direct impact. As roofs ripped apart and were destroyed in the sustained winds that climbed well over 130mph, all of these homes and buildings were flooded with rainwater, leaving behind excessive mold and mildew. Although there are hundreds of strains of mold related fungi, many of which are completely benign to humans, toxic mold in particular thrives in wet environments on materials like drywall and paper. Many who hoped to retain something from their former lives were hit hard emotionally a second time when they realized that even with the best indoor air system or even with a team of dehumidifiers, if your house has already started to reach full contamination, your best bet is to simply walk away. Toxic mold can create a lung infection so severe it has literally killed people before. This is why constant humidity control in wet environments is paramount, because once the spores begin to multiply and take hold, it gets increasingly harder to clean the environment and make it livable again.