Mark your calendars: Hurricane season begins June 1 –– and long-range forecasters from AccuWeather have already issued their predictions for this year’s Atlantic season, which includes storms affecting the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Right now, forecasters are calling for a normal season. That means 12 to 14 storms will likely develop in the Atlantic from June through November, according to AccuWeather. Of them, five to seven are projected to become hurricanes and two to four have the potential to become “major hurricanes,” which are classified as a Category 3, 4, or 5 in terms of wind strength. As for the United States, AccuWeather predicts two to four storms have the potential to make landfall as either tropical storms or hurricanes.
When it comes to tropical storms, sustained wind speeds fall between 39 and 74 miles per hour. Once that threshold is crossed, a system becomes a hurricane. Major hurricanes classified between a 3, 4, or 5 have sustained wind speeds from 111 miles per hour to 156 miles per hour and beyond; however, most named systems never reach hurricane status.
Looking back, the Atlantic hurricane season had 15 named storms in 2018, with eight becoming hurricanes. “Though it wasn’t as active as the 2017 season — which produced 17 named storms with 10 hurricanes —the 2018 season was memorable for the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in the eastern and southeastern United States,” according to a recent article in Forbes.
As nearly 40 percent of all U.S. hurricanes make landfall in South Florida, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your home and your most cherished possessions. In fact, impact windows and doors––which have the ability to withstand violent hurricane-force winds and fast-moving debris––are one of the best ways to defend against a powerful storm.
Depending on the type and force of a storm, there is no guarantee your home won’t sustain damage; however, installing impact windows and doors greatly decreases your home’s risk of indoor and outdoor damage when compared to other methods of protection, including shutters, plywood, or no shielding at all.
Not Sure Where to Start?
Schedule a consultation with our experts at BNT. They will be with you from start to finish, ensuring every impact window and door installed in your home is as you expected. Remember: Don’t wait until the last moment to schedule a consultation. With hurricane season quickly approaching, call as soon as possible to make sure your installation is complete before it’s too late.
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BnT Impact Windows & Doors has been serving South Florida since 2009 with integrity and pride. We thrive on providing our customers with the best products and service they deserve. BnT offers a selection of the best windows in the industry and then professionally installs them to prepare you for the next weather event. BnT proudly serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, along with the Lakeland area.co