What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone that forms over tropical or subtropical waters.
A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms but no fronts. Once the storm's maximum sustained winds reach 74mph, it is called a hurricane. A hurricane is rated in five categories based on the speed of its maximum sustained winds using the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The higher the category, the greater chance for property damage. Category 5 is the highest rating and is given to a storm once it has reached sustained winds of 155mph.
Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic Ocean Basin and eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricane season begins annually on June 1 and ends on November 30. However, hurricanes can form outside those dates.
Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale
Category 1 (74-95 MPH): Damage is done primarily to shrubbery and trees, unanchored mobile homes are damaged, some signs are damaged, no real damage is done to structures.
Category 2 (96-110 MPH): Some trees are toppled, some roof coverings are damaged, major damage is done to mobile homes.
Category 3 (111-130 MPH): Large trees are toppled, some structural damage is done to roofs, mobile homes are destroyed, structural damage is done to small homes and utility buildings.
Category 4 (131-155 MPH): Extensive damage is done to roofs, windows, and doors; roof systems on small buildings completely fail; some curtain walls fail.
Category 5 (155+ MPH): Roof damage is considerable and widespread, window and door damage is severe, there are extensive glass failures, some complete buildings fail.
Hurricane Activity Since 2012
From 2012 to 2016, 36 hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, while 60 hurricanes formed in the northeast Pacific Ocean during the same period.
As of October 10, 2017, the 2017 hurricane season has been an active one, with nine hurricanes forming in the Atlantic Ocean, and nine in the Pacific Ocean.
Impact of a Hurricane
With strong winds and rains, the lasting effects of hurricanes can cause loss of life and result in millions of dollars in property damage for those areas in its path. That is why choosing to wait to protect your home or business could be a risky gamble.
What to do to Ensure You Are Protected
Home safety experts (see Institute for Business & Home Safety story) say protecting your home's openings from high winds and flying debris is the single most crucial step you can take to guard against a hurricane's destructive forces. If you are serious about protecting your property, we recommend that you take their very sound advice. If you are a Do-it-Yourself homeowner and want a simple, inexpensive way to do that, take a look at our hurricane fabric screens. Once you do, you'll see that Storm Catcher, a product of Storm Smart Industries is the best solution to your hurricane protection problem.
Take Steps NOW to Protect Your Home
When you purchase a Storm Catcher Do-it-Yourself Direct Mount Hurricane Screen system to protect your home, you will have peace of mind when the inevitable does happen and a hurricane approaches. Ready to order?
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How Hurricanes are Named
The names of hurricanes are chosen by the World Meteorological Organization. Up until 1979, hurricanes and tropical storms were only named after women.
Every six years, the list of names are rotated and begin again. However, names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired.See list of retired Atlantic Hurricane names
2017-2019 Atlantic Tropical Storm / Hurricane Names