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ISAAC Kisses NEW ORLEANS HELLO – CAT 1 is Not Katrina Strength

The hurricane verdict is in – ISAAC has decided to give New Orleans a big Wet Kiss as a CAT 1 – minimum hurricane compared to the monster Katrina that hit 7 years ago on the day.

The next photo is me, 7 years ago, standing in front of some of Katrina’s wreckage. It was an avenging angel of death to thousands of people caught in failing levees and a monstrous size storm – a deadly combination of Mother Nature’s Fury and Mankind’s houses of straw and wood.

ISAAC will test the NEW $15 billion levee and pumping system built after Katrina overwhelmed their ragtag system that was inadequate for the job of fending off hurricane-force winds and rain. But the question is – How would it do if ISAAC were more like Katrina – a CAT 3 or 4?

I heard of one man who had rebuilt his house in New Orleans with six inch walls of cement and windows that will take 200 mph winds.  Even he did not plan to ride out ISAAC in the home.

Better to shelter further back from hurricane wind-and-water and be safe, then sorry. Get back and “Hunker down” until the fury passes.  New Orleans just closed their massive NEW Flood Gates for the very first time.  This shows the difference it makes when government investment in systems to protect our people and usable property from nature’s rages.  Huge amounts of America’s trade worth hundreds of billions of dollars leaves the U.S. through the Mississippi River – and its southern most port city, New Orleans, which actually sits BELOW Sea Level (like HOLLAND), so it needs Massive Pumps to stay high and dry.
 
The rising water is the second deadly killer –after tornadic winds breaking cheap windows and blowing apart our houses because no one reinforced the weakest link in our houses of straw, wood and brick.  Then you get the water and mold and months of reconstruction hassle.

Who wants to risk the suicide mission of hanging heavy plywood on 2nd story windows – hanging on the edge of a ladder, putting them up, taking them down, repeat – all the time. Instead of that with Armor Glass Security film which would be there working 24/7, 365 days a year.  Is it obvious which is better? Plywood won’t stop burglars or solar heat. Armor Glass security film does. And cuts dangerous UV 99%. Plywood and shutters don’t do that.

Do you remember the story of the Three Little Pigs – one built a house of straw; one built a house of wood and a third built his of brick? When the big bad wolf came along, the pigs in houses of straw and wood became the wolf’s dinner. The pig in the brick house survived. The rest of us little pigs must upgrade our dwellings to become more robust to withstand Mother nature’s extremes (and human intrusion) – now that even the weather has become extreme, from Drought to Hurricanes.

                                         Above Photo: Typhoon Bolaven CAT 4 Hits Korea 

Today Asia, including America’s base on Okinawa, Japan, Korea are being hammered by a Katrina Monster of their own. China will be hit by it next (they are called “Typhoons” on that side of the world, but it is a Hurricane CAT 4).  This is a global situation of more intense storms and weather. We have to harden our structures or suffer the same fate as the “Three Little Pigs.”

We need to armor what we have, upgrade our building codes to meet the threat – whether its hurricanes or burglars breaking easily through glass windows, causing destruction and heartache and headache that could have been avoided simply by putting a certified security film like Armor glass you your windows.

Our thoughts are for all of those now trapped in New Orleans with whatever protection they have. Let us hope it is enough to survive. No one should delay armoring their little pig houses now… before the next Big Bad Wolf comes calling…

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NEW ORLEANS – Center of ISAAC cone

Monday morning update – Now it appears that New Orleans is in the center of the cone of uncertainty for ISAAC, which could reach CAT 2 over the HOT Gulf waters.

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ISAAC shifts WEST – Possible CAT 2

ISAAC’s track has shifted to the WEST…and is expected to reach CAT 2 status by the time it makes landfall on the U.S. Mainland…

It’s amazing to see people scrambling to buy plywood to “board up.”  If they had Armor Glass security film on their windows, they wouldn’t have to bother with putting it up and then taking it down. Putting heavy plywood on a 2nd floor is like a suicide mission.

And Armor Glass security film is working 24/7 to also keep our solar heat and burglars that plywood isn’t going to do…check out our website and contact us for a FREE quote…

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ISAAC – CAT 2 100 mph winds Expected

ISAAC is now predicted to become a 100 mph CAT 2 storm before it hits the US Mainland next week.

Wind speeds and course are bound to change but it looks like it will gain momentum after it passes over Cuba and heads to the U.S.

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ISAAC – Tracking EAST towards Florida Again

Hurricane courses are hard to predict. The latest track shows that it may NOT go west but move back to the EAST, towards Florida’s coast, yet still in the HOT Gulf waters…which are in the 90’s and that hot water is JET FUEL to hurricanes.

It is possible ISAAC could reach CAT 2 wind speeds if it does stay in the warm Gulf before moving back over the U.S. mainland in 3-4 days. Here is the Storm Central analysis.

In the next day or two we should know with more certainly WHERE ISAAC is going. Stay tuned.

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150 Years of Hurricanes – Unique Map

150 Years of Hurricanes on a map.Click here for the link.

“If it looks a little odd at first, it’s because this hurricane map offers a unique perspective of the Earth; Antarctica is smack in the middle, and the rest of the planet unfurls around it like the petals of a tulip.
The Americas are on the right, Asia is on the left; the storms plotted on the map grow brighter as their intensity increases.”
“In addition, the dearth of storms in the Eastern and Southern Hemispheres is also a product of a lack of data. The United States began to add storms from these regions to the archive beginning only in 1978.”

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ISAAC Update

As of today, Friday, August 24, here is the projected path of “ISAAC” – Florida is on the “dirty” side – the right hook that gets the most rain and wind. The eye could stay over the Gulf and let the storm build up over the hotter-than-normal Gulf waters before making landfall next week.

Are YOU prepared?  September is our PEAK time for these killers.

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ISAAC Loves FLORIDA

ALL the computer models show ISAAC hitting FLORIDA before moving inland. Either way, Florida will be on its WET, WINDY side – the one with the most punch.

Things could change the next couple days, so stay tuned. We have JOYCE forming up behind ISAAC…and September is our PEAK time for hurricanes.

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ISAAC

Latest track on Weather.com has it shifting slightly LEFT, meaning it could get into the Gulf of Mexico and threaten oil platforms and Texas etc coast…

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ISAAC Update – Florida OR Texas Hit Possible

 

Photo above: Michael Fjetland, CEO of Armor Glass, sitting behind ordinary glass window which has been “armored” by Armor Glass Security Film – after numerous impacts with a hammer.

The European model, usually very accurate, has it moving into the Gulf of Mexico. But other models have ISAAC moving north over Florida, beginning Monday.

STAY TUNED because we won’t know more about its intensity or direction until late this week.

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