Tropical Depression Worth Watching This Weekened

September 23rd, 2010

Possible threat to Gulf states next week

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.

Possible Hurricane Trouble For US

September 22nd, 2010

From NBC-2

Several of the reliable computer models are starting to hint at some unpleasant news to come, when it relates to tropical trouble for the U.S. coastline.

We have been intently watching these Cape Verde storms (storms that emerge from Africa) over the past few weeks, and aside from Karl and Hermine, there haven’t been signficant threats to the Gulf of Mexico or the Southeast.

Of course, Florida has been sitting pretty in the middle in-between the western Gulf storms and the Atlantic hurricanes.

However, the long-range forecasts are now trending toward a zone of higher tropical activity closer to the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and possibly the Southeast U.S.

Storms will become fewer and fewer in number coming off of Africa late this month and into October.

Meanwhile, temperatures will be cooling and overall air pressures will be rising across northern North America as the first hints of Fall affect Canada and the northern U.S.

Models are conversely depicting the overall lowering of air pressures across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico as we go through time.

This will likely promote the development of tropical cyclones in the Caribbean or Gulf and the potential for them to make it farther north and threaten the U.S. coast.

The GFS model has been adamant on the development of a tropical cyclone in the eastern Caribbean about one week from now that could be the start of this trend.  Emphasis, please, on the word “could.”

We’ll watch it, but for the next week-plus, Southwest Florida has no tropical threat.

Three Hurricanes Swirl in Tropics

September 17th, 2010

Latest Data:

The eye of Hurricane Karl has hit Mexico’s Gulf Coast near the city of Veracruz with winds of 115 mph (185 kph).

The National Hurricane Center says the storm’s center hit about 10 miles (15 kilometers) northwest of Veracruz.

Meanwhile, while hurricanes Igor and Julia are forecast to stay far to the east of the U.S., Igor is expected to churn up high surf and rip currents off the Central Florida coast.

If you’re heading to the beach to take in the fun, be very careful to only enter the waters being monitored by lifeguards. Offshore, seas will be building and eventually run in the 10 to 13 ft range by Sunday.

Hurricane Igor: Latest advisory

Igor is expected to remain a dangerous, major hurricane for a couple more days.

Watches and warnings

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook

At 2 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Igor was located near latitude 23.4 north, longitude 60.7 west.

Igor is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph. This general motion, with an increase in forward speed, is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of the hurricane will be approaching Bermuda on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 120 mph, with higher gusts. Igor is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some fluctuations in strength are possible during the next couple of days, but Igor is expected to remain a powerful Hurricane.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 946 mb, or 27.93 inches.

Hazards affecting lan

Wind: Tropical storm conditions are possible in Bermuda by late Saturday, with hurricane conditions possible on Sunday.

Surf: Large swells will continue to affect the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola and portions of the Bahamas during the next couple of days. These swells will also cause dangerous surf conditions in Bermuda during the next several days, which will worsen as Igor approaches.

Swells will continue to affect the East Coast of the United States through the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. Please consult products from your local weather office for additional information.

Tracking Three Storms In The Tropics

September 15th, 2010

From NBC-2

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.

Hermine Fizzles, New Storm Forms

September 8th, 2010

A system moving west off the coast of Africa has a 70 percent chance of forming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the National Weather Service said Wednesday morning.

With the system traveling west at between 10 and 15 mph, possible development is projected as the strong upper-level winds decrease over the next couple of days, the weather service said. There’s a high probability this system will form a tropical depression in a day or so.

Meanwhile, the weather service issued its last public advisory for Hermine at 4 a.m., as the tropical depression delivered flooding rains and 30 mph winds to portions of north and central Texas.

Hermine was expected to continue weakening as it moves north through southwest Oklahoma and onto southern Kansas by Thursday.

Hurricane Damage

February 8th, 2010

Most of us who live in wind or hurricane prone parts of the country know that there are 5 categories for the strength of a hurricane. What a lot of us don’t know is what the wind speeds for each category is. Below you’ll find the wind speeds associated with each category as well as a brief description of conditions that occur in each category. This is known as the Saffir-Simpson Scale and assigns the 5 categories based on both wind speed and damage potential.

Tropical Storm – 39 – 74 mph.

Category 1 – Winds of 74 – 95 mph.

Storm Surge 4-5 feet above normal. Damage to signs, unanchored homes, shrubbery and trees. Minor coastal flooding.

Category 2 – Winds of 96 – 110 mph.

Storm surge 6 – 8 feet above normal. Some trees blow down. Damage to some doors, windows, and roofs. Flooding to piers. Considerable damage to mobile homes

Category 3 – Winds of 111 – 130 mph.

Some structural damage to residences and utility buildings. Mobile homes destroyed. Flooding near coast destroys small structures. Flooding may come well inland

Category 4 – Winds of 131 – 155 mph.

Some complete roof structure and curtainwall failure. Major beach area erosion. Inland flooding.

Category 5 – Winds of 156 and up.

Major damage to many structures. Buildings and roofs blown away. Major and severe flooding events. Massive evacuations of residences could be required.


Hurricane Names For The 2010 Season

February 5th, 2010

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:


Be safe and be smart!

BMC West Endorses Storm Catcher

January 19th, 2010

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.

Innovation Continues

January 14th, 2010

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.

Storm Catcher Hurricane Screens Now Have An HVHZ Approval

December 11th, 2009

Last year, Storm Smart Industries began the testing process to gain an HVHZ approval for its Storm Catcher hurricane and storm screen products. We tested these products at the Fenestration Testing Lab in Miami. We are proud to announce to you that the products passed wtih flying colors and we now have a HVHZ approval. The new FL number is 13227. During this round of testing we tested some new products as well as our strap and buckle and grommet screens.

What this means is that we’ll be able to use our products in the HVHZ zones, as well as in non-HVHZ zones where only HVHZ products are speced in. This is exciting news and we believe all of our dealers will benefit from this greatly. We will announce more about this soon, so stay tuned to our website and newsletters for more information.