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The CAT 7 Hurricane That Just Broke The CAT 5 Scale…

Hurricane Patricia is a warning – it just broke our hurricane scale. It won’t be the last!

Don’t take my word for it. The Weather Channel just reported that Hurricane Patricia is the strongest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere – top speeds were recorded of 235 miles per hour! Luckily its speeds dropped to CAT 5 before it hit land.

Another anomaly with this storm– it went from an insignificant “tropical storm” to roaring CAT 5 winds in just 6 hours!  The super-charged hot waters of the Pacific acted like jet fuel to feed this beast.  (“Houses of Straw” shows how these “24-hour” hurricanes making ‘boarding up’ almost impossible; they do not give people time to prepare to save their homes by covering their windows, moving to high ground, etc.)

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It fact, Patricia was a such a mean machine that for the first time in recorded human history it broke our standard Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale — which tops out at CAT 5 and 157 miles per hour “and above.”At that speed, toss an airplane in the air and it will fly without even turning on the engine!

One expert said that if the hurricane scale was adjusted to reflect this hurricanes actual power, Patricia would have been a CAT 7! (Notice that the scale jumps a category every 20 miles per hour–so winds of 177 would be CAT 6 and winds of 198 would be CAT 7.)

Patricia is not alone – just last August Super-Typhoon Soudelor hit land as a CAT 4, just one of a string of CAT 5 storms in the hot-as-hell Pacific Ocean this year. At one point, we had an unprecedented TWO CAT 5 hurricanes at the same time, both near Hawaii! (photo below)

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For the U.S. Patricia will no become a major RAIN event, producing up to 12 inch of rain and flooding. But it is also a warning that the U.S. coasts are vulnerable to bigger storms as the Atlantic Ocean also continues to heat up, providing more jet fuel for future storms.

We are simply not prepared –our structures need to be hardened, especially their weakest link, the window glass — and some need higher elevations to deal with this continued threat from Mother Nature.

Our (free) book “Houses of Straw” explains how most of us are living in ‘houses of straw.’ It has photos showing the forces that tear apart buildings in hurricanes and tornadoes. It shows how to “armor” them to avoid destruction. This would be a good time for citizens and public leaders to read it – and begin preparing for the days ahead when we too will face these Super-Storms that are blowing off the lid of our hurricane scales.

Get prepared. As Patricia and the other Pacific storms this record year shows, this is the new “normal” for weather.  We are not prepared!

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2015 RECORD CAT 4, 5 Hurricane season – Beware our turn…

Weather.com just released an article stating that 2015 has set a new RECORD for CAT 4 and CAT 5 storms – 20 in the Pacific versus the old record of 18.

Reason? Record HEAT in the Pacific. The one Atlantic hurrican, Joaquin, also hit CAT 4.  Reading the tea leaves tells me that when the Atlantic is as HOT as the Pacific Ocean, then “Katy-bar-the-door” because all hell will break loose on the east coast and gulf coasts.

Soudelor Super Typhoon August 2015

Above photo is looking into the eye wall of a Super Typhoon.

As “Houses of Straw” documents, hurricane-force winds destroy building by blowing out the weakest link- the windows-allowing winds to enter the building and uplift the roof. Protect the glass and you protect your biggest asset from blowing away.

But don’t wait for the storm to be approaching to act. It’s too late at that point for anyone to act. Get a free quote from us today…

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MONSTER TYPHOON HITS TAIWAN CHINA – Are We Next?

Taiwan just got hit by a Monster Typhoon (hurricane) that was one of the planet’s largest – 180 mph winds at one point! 

We have to ask the question: when the Atlantic Ocean gets as HOT as the Pacific Ocean is now, are we going to be getting these off the scale CAT 5’s instead of the smaller ones like Hurricane IKE in 2008…?  I think it would be wise to prepare for that event.  If the Pacific is already that hot, eventually it will spread to the Atlantic.

i quote from the above linked article:

At its peak Monday afternoon (mainland U.S. time), Soudelor was estimated by the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) to pack maximum one-minute sustained winds of 180 mph and gusts to 220 mph.

                                   Eye of the Devil:   LOOK at that beast at 180 miles per hour!

The Japan Meteorological Agency estimated Soudelor’s central pressure at 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday was 900 millibars, making Soudelor the strongest tropical cyclone on Earth so far in 2015. That central pressure has come up quite a bit, reflecting Soudelor’s weakening, to an estimated 945 millibars.

According to the Digital Typhoon databaseSuper Typhoon Maysak was the year’s previous strongest typhoon, bottoming out at an estimated 910 millibars. South Pacific Cyclone Pam in March reached peak estimated sustained winds of about 165 mph (145 knots) in the South Pacific basin. “

 

YIKES! At that speed, windborne debris will definitely blow out glass causing structural failure.  Armor Glass has been tracking these and the strange thing is that the Pacific is getting repeated CAT 5 storms – time after time.  Whatever is going on to heat the air, the hotter air is creating bigger and meaner storms.

This would be a GOOD time to read “Houses of Straw“….how these winds destroy. And how to prepare.

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Expect More CAT 4 and 5 storms – Might even need a CAT 6 category

Our winter in the northern hemisphere is summer south of the equator.  And this year they are getting huge cyclones (we call them hurricanes) with winds exceeding 160 miles per hour!  Some of the gusts exceeded 200 miles per hour!

When “Pam” hit Australia it was classified a CAT “6” at one point! Up until now CAT 5 has been the highest rating for a storm.

Scientists think we will get more of these giant storms, even if we get fewer of them. That means what we get will tear buildings to pieces unless we have armored our existing buildings to handle the stress. From the above article we quote:

“It’s very simple physics,” Professor Matt England, a climate scientist at the University of NSW, says. “A warmer ocean leads to a more intense cyclone. The model projections show a robust increase of those category 4 and 5 strength storms,” he says. “You’re loading the dice for a much greater chance of a higher intensity storm.”

Much of this intensity is due to warmer water in the Pacific. Our Storms come from the Atlantic, which is also the hottest on record.

                                    Cyclone “PAM” over Vanuatu in the Pacific – CAT 6

Bottom line: Hotter water = bigger storms. It’s just a fact.

Studies have shown what causes houses and buildings to be leveled during a hurricane – breach of the weakest link, the windows, by wind-borne debris (flying tree limbs, toys, street signs, gravel, etc.)

For a detailed review of how to upgrade your building to defend against violent winds (and human intrusion) we invite you to read the Free EBook “Houses of Straw” available at www.ArmorGlass.com

Then give us a call for a free quote. It’s too late to call when the winds are roaring.