How To Measure Wind Damage From Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Other Storms

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Wind damage – its dramatic impacts are sometimes the first images we see following a hurricane, tornado, or strong thunderstorm.Fortunately, meteorologists are doing an incredible job at improving forecasting methods so homeowners, municipal leaders, and emergency officials can prepare for storms ahead of time and potentially prevent wind damage.In my Florida city, for example, hurricane season always means city and county code enforcement officials are out in strong numbers inspecting … [Read more...]

Should We Be Naming Winter Storms? Why One Weather Watcher Thinks The Idea Is On Thin Ice

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There's been a flurry of attention lately about the move The Weather Channel has made on naming winter storms. The network, which has been on the air since 1982, has stood behind the move that has been getting frosty reviews by many.While as a Floridian I live in a state that is lucky if it sees a dusting of flurries once every couple of years, I am no stranger to the idea of naming storms. Do the names Andrew, Charley, or Donna ring a bell, anyone?Of course, here in Florida, we get … [Read more...]

Hypercanes: Severe Hurricanes You Wouldn’t Want to Mess With

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You know those severe hurricanes in the movies that wipe out entire cities, wash away beaches, and render millions of people homeless?The computers at Hollywood’s studios aren’t the only ones cooking these devastating storms – those at the desks of some weather scientists across the United States are, too.As a resident of Florida – you know, that spit of land in Hurricane Alley that eerily seems to break off the U.S. mainland and sink into an Atlantic abyss in every other potential … [Read more...]

5 Dangerous and Costly Hurricane Facts and Myths Debunked

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There are many myths about hurricanes, but the facts behind these storms could make the difference between life and death if you live by any of the common misnomers about one of Mother Nature’s most powerful types of storms.Many hurricane facts and myths circle about in every day pop culture. I myself even used to believe some of these myths. However, I grew up in Florida, one of the most hurricane-prone states in the country. So, I quickly learned that many of the things I heard about … [Read more...]

Hurricane Shutters & Hurricane Windows: How They’re Different From Standard Windows And Shutters

Retrofitting your existing home or building a new one with the aim of resisting hurricane-force winds can be an expensive but worthy endeavor.One area many homeowners are especially prudent to focus on improving the durability of their windows and protecting windows and doorways from high winds and flying debris.The best way to ensure protection against brutally high winds is to install hurricane shutters and hurricane windows.But what's the difference between hurricane shutters and … [Read more...]

Ways You Can Fortify Your House To Make It A Hurricane-Safe Home

Hurricanes have the power to destroy homes and businesses with power sustained winds of more 74 miles per hour or more.However, you can have the power to restrict hurricane damage to your home by building a hurricane-safe home.Fortified construction has long been used in places like Florida, where hurricanes are a threat throughout hurricane season. Hurricane-Safe Rooms Versus Hurricane Safe HomesCommonly seen today are hurricane safe rooms -- concrete bunkers that … [Read more...]

Hurricane Rita 5 Years Later: Photos & Videos Of The Aftermath

Believe it or not, September 23 and September 24 mark 5 years since the landfall of one of the strongest hurricanes on records -- and we're not talking about Hurricane Katrina.Let's look at some devastating facts about Hurricane Rita:Hurricane Rita was the 4th-strongest Atlantic hurricane currently on record. Rita became the 3rd Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in 2005. Sustained winds in the storm reached as high as 180 MPH. 120 people died in the storm. Damages from Hurricane … [Read more...]

Monitor Hurricanes Online With These Free Hurricane Trackers

With hurricane season lasting from summer through fall (June 1 through November 30), hurrricane tracking is a constant activity for many of us this time of year. All eyes are on the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Thankfully, finding an online hurricane tracker is easy, so you can track storms through the entire hurricane season. Check out these great hurricane tracking web sites the next time there's a storm brewing: My Fox Hurricane Tracking National Hurricane Center … [Read more...]

How Strong Is Hurricane Wind?

Hurricane wind can do some serious -- even catastrophic -- damage.As we have seen all too often in the past, even when hurricanes don't quite hit land, but stay offshore, the winds of a hurricane can:Do a terrible number on our property Cause serious erosion of our beaches Ceate some bad weather conditions for a few daysMaximum sustained hurricane wind speeds must be at least 74 mph or greater. Anything less are not hurricane-force winds. … [Read more...]

Weather 101: What’s An Invest Storm?

Summer time means watching over the horizon for hurricanes.But when the weather forecasters on your local news talk about hurricane data or the possible formation of a hurricane, tropical storm, or tropical depression, they may use the term 'invest.'What does 'invest' mean?The National Weather Service defines an invest storm as an area of weather that has gained the interest of a hurricane or tropical storm system forecast organization (like the National Hurricane Center).It's the type … [Read more...]