If the second scenario of a stalled Matthew comes to pass, then areas of the Gulf coast around to the Atlantic side of Florida will have to pay very close attention.
A trough of low pressure swinging through the lower 48 states next week could draw Matthew northward and toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Any tropical storm or hurricane that gets into the Gulf of Mexico in October could be a significant danger.
However, right now, we have to wait to see how far west this system gets.
There is no cause for immediate alarm along the Southwest Florida coast.
In light of forecasts for increasing tropical activity in the Caribbean over the next few weeks, it would be wise to use the upcoming weekend to make sure you have the necessary supplies in the event of an eventual threat.
Hurricane Igor is a Category 4 storm with winds near 155 mph in the mid-Atlantic moving toward the west-northwest near nine mph.
A turn to the northwest if expected within the next couple of days.
There will be little change in strength over the next 24 hours, but come weakening could begin Thursday as this storm heads through cooler waters and more wind shear.
Bermuda is still in the middle in the forecast cone this weekend. Igor is producing large swells in the Leeward Islands.
Large swells will reach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands tonight and Thursday.
The swells will reach the Bahamas Thursday night and Friday.
These large swells can create threatening surf and rip currents.
Hurricane Julia is still in the eastern Atlantic. Winds are now near 125 mph making this a Category 3 storm.
Additional strengthening is possible today. Julia is moving toward the west-northwest at nine mph and a turn to the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected Wednesday, followed by a turn back to the west-northwest with an increase in forward speed on Thursday.
A turn to the north in the mid-Atlantic is still expected to keep this system at sea.
Tropical Storm Karl formed yesterday and today winds are near 45 mph.
Karl is approaching the Yucatan Peninsula as it moves to the west-northwest near 15 mph. Karl will continue to move in that direction with a decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days.
On this path, Karl will move across the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico tonight or Thursday.
There will be some weakening of this system as it moves across the Yucatan Wednesday, followed by restrengthening after Karl moves back into the Gulf of Mexico and heads toward Mexico.
Karl will produce coastal flood near and north of landfall and the surge will be topped with large and damaging waves.
Rainfall amounts over Belize and northern Guatemala will reach three to five inches with some isolated totals of eight inches.
We hope that you’ll stay tuned to our website for not only your hurricane protection needs, but for useful hurricane preparedness and information tips as well. As we all know, the 2010 hurricane season is approaching. Initial forecasts are telling us that this is going to be a busy one. Here are the 2010 names of the hurricanes that could be heading toward Florida soon:
Houston, Texas is the largest new construction market in the country. It is also an area that felt the wrath and devastation of Hurricane Ike. Recently, Warren Clark of BMC West, wrote an article which appeared in the Houston Custom Home Builders Resource Guide. This publication reaches over 30,000 people and is the premier construction publication in the Houston Area. Here is a blurb from the article which is being reprinted with the permission of Warren Clark and BMC:
“Storm Smart Industries, the nation’s largest manufacturer of hurricane protection systems, has recently introduced a hurricane wind abatement system in Texas that is already a mainstay in Florida. The system and installation options are practical and easy to use. “It’s a flexible material that protects your home just as a bullet-proof vest protects the human body. Even though you take a hit, the bullet-prove vest keeps you alive. The Storm Catcher storm protection systems are based on the same principals”.
The article goes on to explain all of the benefits of all of the Storm Catcher hurricane screen systems in depth, and is aimed at educating the largest construction market in the country on the merits of our products. We’d like to say thanks to BMC and Warren for writing this article, and hope that those who read it find it informative.
In an effort to continue to improve its product line, personnel from Storm Smart Industries recently completed training on the newest State of the Art – Sinclair “TRIAD” Wedge Fabric Welding System. The equipment purchased in the first quarter of 2010 will allow Storm Smart Industries to continue to make dramatic improvements in the production of its Storm Catcher Wind Abatement Hurricane Screens as well as, to further expand its product line into the Solar Screen and Bug Screen industry. Brian Rist, CEO stated; “with the implementation of this new technology we should be able to improve quality, expand our product line all while lowering our production time and costs.
We are proud to announce that Charlotte County has chosen Storm Catcher wind abatement screens to protect several of their government buildings. It is an honor when a local government chooses the Storm Catcher product for hurricane protection.
Some of the buildings that either have Storm Catcher or are scheduled for installation are:
Fire Station #2 in Port Charlotte
Fire Station #3 in Punta Gorda
Fire Station # 4 in Port Charlotte
Fire Station # 9 in Punta Gorda
Fire Station # 10 in Placida
Fire Station # 13 in Englewood
Firestation #14 in Englewood
Airport Rd. Sherriff’s Annex in Punta Gorda
Tringali Park Recreational Facility in Englewood
Medical Examiners Facility in Punta Gorda
Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
Obviously, many of these buildings are extremely important to the communities that they reside in, so again, we are proud that they’re protected with Storm Catcher hurricane protection products. Thanks to Charlotte County for choosing Storm Catcher!
Wind abatement screens, are an effective alternative to traditional plywood or shutters. They consist of a strong, lightweight layer of woven material that is a geo-synthetic textile. This reinforced material is then used to cover windows and doors, providing a barrier from flying projectiles and wind blown rain.
You might find it hard to believe that a fabric screen can provide sufficient protection against storm debris hurtling at over 100 miles per hour, our screens meet or exceed state building codes in Florida and Texas as well as the standards set by ASTM International for hurricane protection.
Advantages of Wind Abatement Screens
Storm Catcher wind abatement screens have many advantages over traditional plywood or metal storm shutters, including:
* Lightweight and easy to handle.
* Can be put up and taken down quickly by one person.
* May fold or roll up for easy storage.
* Translucent material allows light to illuminate home.
There are several Storm Catcher systems available, such as:
* Grommet – The easiest to install for the do-it-yourselfer. The material is fastened to your windows or doors with grommets. Panels are easy to put up and take down and roll up for storage.
* Rolling Screen – Permanently attached device located above your windows or doors that can be lowered at a moments notice either manually or by electric motor.
* Slide Screen – Panels slide into brackets that are mounted to your home.
* Strap and Buckle – Straps and buckles are sewn into the screen and fit around strap brackets or are strapped to columns. Allow easy exit in case of emergency.
Storm Catcher wind abatement screens can protect your home from flying debris in the event of a hurricane. They are lightweight, easy to install, and allow light to enter your home in the event of a storm.