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 the 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

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.

96-110 MPH

Some trees are toppled, some roof coverings are damaged, major damage is done to mobile homes.

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.

131-155 MPH

Extensive damage is done to roofs, windows, and doors; roof systems on small buildings completely fail; some curtain walls fail.

155+ MPH

Roof damage is considerable and widespread, window and door damage is severe, there are extensive glass failures, some complete buildings fail.

From 2014 to 2018...

66 storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

35 of those storms became hurricanes.

16 of those hurricanes were Category 3 or more.

66 storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

35 of those storms became hurricanes.

16 of those hurricanes were Category 3 or more.

Impact of a Hurricane

Blocking 95% of wind and rain, these extraordinary hurricane screens are made of a lightweight, geosynthetic fabric that can protect buildings from hurricane-force winds and flying debris. Because of the unique weave used in production, our hurricane fabric screens are translucent, allowing natural light to enter from the outside. This eliminates that dark, ‘closed-in’ feeling that you get with some other hurricane protection systems. This feature also enables you to see outside from inside the building.

What to Do to Ensure You Are Protected

Hurricane panels, made from steel or aluminum, can give you protection, but they too can be heavy and difficult to put up. Plus, storing those panels when not in use means giving up valuable space in your garage or storage shed. On the top end, more elaborate hurricane protection systems, such as aluminum accordion or rolldown shutters, are an option. But, but for many homeowners, they are cost-prohibitive. And if you are a Do-it-Yourself homeowner, the installation of those systems can sometimes be beyond your jack-of-all-trades skills. There has to be an easier way for you to get hurricane protection for your home, right?

Take Steps NOW to Protect Your Home

When you purchase a Storm Catcher™ DIY Clip Screens to protect your home, you will have peace of mind when the inevitable does happen, and a hurricane approaches.
To get started, go to our measurement tutorial. Questions about price? If you know the dimensions of the openings you want to protect, you can go right now to our Quick Estimate screen and get a no-obligation look at just how little it costs to give your family and home the protection they deserve.

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

2019 Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm / Hurricane Names