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Internal and External Window Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 30, 2011

Internal and External Window ShuttersThere are two types of window shutters: internal and external. This article discusses the differences between the two types.

Exterior Shutters

External window shutters are installed on the exterior of a home and come in two types:External Shutters

  • Protective: Some shutters are used to provide protection from extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tornados, or storms. They’re attached to the exterior of your home with hinges, so you can close them over the windows to prepare for storms.
  • Decorative: Some shutters are non-operating and used for decorative purposes only and simply placed on either side of your outside windows. They can add greatly to the exterior look of a home.

Exterior shutters can be made out of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, or steel depending on the type of shutter you want. Wood exterior shutters are usually sold unfinished, and you’ll need to paint them yourself. Vinyl shutters typically offer the greatest variety of color choices and can match almost any desired color scheme.
There are more economical alternatives to wooden shutters. Non-operating vinyl shutters are fast becoming the most popular type of shutter because they’re easy to install, highly durable, long lasting, and cheaper than shutters made of other materials. Although vinyl shutters aren’t the best choice for protective exterior needs, they’re ideal for decorative additions.

Interior Shutters

Internal window shutters are used primarily for privacy and security. Unlike draperies, internal shutters allow you to control the amount of light that is filtered into a room.
Interior shutters are typically made of wood composite or plastic. They can be either solid panels with hinges which open and close, or they may have horizontal slats that can be opened or closed, either just a little or a lot, to let in desired amounts of light and privacy. They’re installed in the home and are attached to the inside of your windows. The solid shutter panels also usually have accordion-style vertical folds that can be closed over a window or folded back and open to allow maximum light into a room. Newer interior shutters with movable horizontal slats, known as louvered interior shutters, are highly customizable and allow you to adjust how much light you want to let into your home. With louvered shutters, you can also adjust privacy levels so you decide how much someone outside can see into your home. All interior shutters are usually made to custom-fit your windows and come in a great variety of styles and colors.

When it comes to securing the safety of your family, home and business during severe weather, only the finest storm protection will do. That’s why so many businesses and residents trust Cat 5 Shutters LLC, the world’s leading producer of hurricane shutters based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County), and Islamorada, Florida serving the Florida Keys (Monroe County) to help protect the people and property they care about most during Hurricane Season… and throughout the year. Cat 5 Shutters has achieved a A ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

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How to Avoid Hurricane Costs

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 28, 2011

How to Avoid Hurricane CostsIt’s hard to protect a home from a monster Category 5 hurricane, but many readily available products can reduce or minimize the impact and save homeowners big bucks in repairs Hurricane Costsand insurance premiums. The peace of mind that can result is priceless.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predicts the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, will spawn six to 10 hurricanes — three to six of them major.

“Forecasts of an average season should not lead to complacency,” says Claire Wilkinson, vice president for global issues at the Insurance Information Institute. “An average hurricane season was also forecast in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew caused more than $23 billion in property losses.

“While many products don’t cost much money, they can have a major impact on the ability to withstand a hurricane and in many cases, offer opportunities for discounts from your insurance carrier. Homeowners may get discounts for things such as hurricane shutters, various types of roof coverings and the way the roof is attached to the structure.”

Retrofitting your home against hurricane damage can be an expensive project, says Wilkinson, but you can do it in stages. “Insurance companies may offer discounts for retrofitting which can help offset the cost.”

“There are a lot of things you can do (to your home) that are meaningful, affordable and make a difference,” says Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. “Homeowners should select products that are tested and approved.” As the market for hurricane protection products has exploded, she adds, so has a wealth of products that claim to protect but which don’t really perform.

“As far as insurance goes, what we are seeing across the country are a number of programs that help place homeowners with matching grants to do retrofitting and to access different products,” says Chapman-Henderson. “There are programs in Florida and South Carolina and Alabama and Mississippi. Those programs are linked either by requirement or through the marketplace to ensure savings. The savings in Florida and South Carolina are quite significant. I believe their average savings to the homeowner who is engaged in retrofitting is 23 percent on their annual wind premiums.”

Discounts vary by state and carrier.

The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, for example, offers a 25 percent credit for windstorm insurance for houses built to a “fortified” standard. In Florida, the My Safe Florida Home program used to offer a free home inspection to point out a home’s vulnerabilities. According to Florida’s Department of Financial Services, such programs have saved participants an average of $385, or 20 percent of their annual premiums. Unfortunately, the program run out of funding in 2009 and it is not known when it is expected to resume.

Please follow this story on our blog. We will cover wonderful tips offered by Graig Guillot on some of the common products that can save you money.

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What Makes Thunderstorms Severe

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 25, 2011

What Makes Thunderstorms SevereThunderstorms that precede a cold front are generally stronger and more likely to reach severe proportions than localized thunderstorms associated with tropical air masses. A few things must happen in the earth’s atmosphere in order for a thunderstorm to become severe. 
Severe Thunderstorms

By definition, a severe thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that contains any one or more of the following three weather conditions:

  • Hail that is 3/4 of an inch or greater in diameter
  • Winds 58 miles per hour or greater
  • Tornadoes

Supercell thunderstorms are fierce and can sometimes discharge a number of tornadoes. They are tremendously powerful and well-organized, containing rotating columns of rising air.
These storms are capable of maintaining severe thunderstorm strength for hours. They can also produce dangerous straight line winds, large hail and torrential rain. Sometimes these storms spawn particularly strong tornadoes.
Frequently, a severe thunderstorm develops as part of a cold front associated with strong jet stream winds in the upper levels of the troposphere. Spurred on by the jet stream, this line of severe thunderstorms is called a squall line. Bow echoes associated with squall lines or mesoscale convective systems can produce widespread damage.

Downbursts And Microbursts

Severe thunderstorms can create incredible violence as they pass over an area. Among their most devastating aspects are Down bursts.

A downburst is a severe localized wind blasting down from a thunderstorm. These strong downward currents are classified by meteorologists as microbursts if the downburst covers an area less than 2.5 miles in diameter and as macrobursts if the down burst covers an area of at least 2.5 miles in diameter.
Wind shear is any sudden change of speed or direction in wind flow. Since a microburst is a sudden vertical drop of air, it produces considerable wind shear. Check how thunderstorms form for more information. Severe thunderstorms occur almost everywhere, but here are a few historical ones that have been notable.

Property owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore.

Cats 5 Shutters has installed Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Roll-up and down shutters, Windows Shutters, Bahama Shutters, Accordion Shutters, Shutters for Windows and Hurricane Protection throughout multiple counties in South Florida.

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Being Thankful For The Holidays

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 23, 2011

Being Thankful For The HolidaysAs Floridians, we are truly thankful for not having any severe weather during this hurricane season that is about to end on November 30th.Being Thankful

The last hurricane to hit the state was Category 3 Wilma, which roared ashore near Naples and buzz-sawed across the peninsula, leaving a $9 billion trail of ripped roofs and shattered high-rise windows from Miami to Palm Beach. That was five years ago.

Even though the next season is months away, now is the perfect time to prepare your home.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is encouraging both residents and business owners to take advantage of the cooler months now to add hurricane-resistant features to their residences and commercial buildings.

Homeowners in high-wind prone areas of the country are advised to provide protection for all glazed openings with approved shutter systems or by replacing the windows with impact rated products.

The FEMA publication, “Against the Wind”, looks at the areas and suggests ways to strengthen homes from wind damage before the next hurricane strikes.

Commercial properties are also advised to re-evaluate their hurricane plans. Should one have put in place a plan during the past hurricane-season, be sure to make the time to receive feedback on how effective it was.

Be safe and be prepared. Have a Great Holiday Season!

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Hurricane Names for 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 21, 2011

Hurricane Names for 2012In the Atlantic Ocean, tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour are given a name, such as “Tropical Storm Fran”. If the storm reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour it is called a hurricane – such as “Hurricane Fran”. So, hurricanes are not given names, tropical storms are given names, and they retain their name if they develop into a hurricane.

Below you will find the listing of hurricane names for the Atlantic Ocean for the year 2012. For every year, there is a pre-approved list of tropical storm and hurricane names. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953. At first, the lists consisted of only female names; however, since 1979, the lists alternate between male and female.

Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with “A” and the second is given the name that begins with “B.” The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a “Q” or “U.” 2012 Hurricane Names

There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it. As there were no significant hurricanes in 2006, the 2012 hurricane name list is the same as the 2006 hurricane name list.

Hurricane Names for 2012:

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Michael
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael
  • Sandy
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William

When There Are More Than 21 Named Storms

There are normally less than 21 named tropical storms in any calendar year. In the rare years when more than 21 storms are named the additional storms are given names from the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta are used for their names. One question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What happens if we run out of hurricane names?” If we’re unlucky enough to deplete the year’s supply of names we won’t, contrary to popular opinion, simply start using names from next year’s list. In that case, the National Hurricane Center will turn to the Greek alphabet and we’ll have Hurricanes Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc.

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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 18, 2011

How to Prepare for a HurricaneHurricanes are dangerous events. Those of us who have lived through one of these fierce storms are aware of their awesome potential. If you’re new to the area, it’s easy to fall victim to the “How bad can a storm be?” syndrome. In this article, we look at the simple measures you can take now to ensure that your family is ready for hurricane season.
How to prepare for a hurricane
Here’s How:

  1. Select a safe place for the family to weather the storm. This may be a location in your home — consider a windowless room on the bottom floor. If your home doesn’t have a safe area, you should know the locations of at least two emergency shelters near your home. If you have special medical needs and don’t think you’ll be able to get to the shelter on your own, contact the county in advance to make prior arrangements.
  2. Stock up on food and water. You should have enough non-perishable food and water in your home to last the family for at least a few weeks. If your stock of supplies is old, be sure to refresh it. You might want to purchase new canned goods every few years and rotate the rest through your pantry. Water should be replaced annually.
  3. Prepare other disaster supplies. You’ll need to stock up on batteries, flashlights, rope, tarps, plastic bags, bad-weather clothing and other essentials to help you through the aftermath of a bad storm.
  4. Get your home ready. If you have hurricane shutters, make sure that you have all of the parts and have some extra screws/washers handy. If you don’t, have a supply of plywood precut to fit your windows. Gather anything loose from your yard and store it in the garage. Watch the news when a storm is approaching and protect your home when advised by local authorities. If you wait until the rain starts, it may be too late.
  5. Develop a family communications plan. You might become separated before or after the storm. It’s a good idea to have an out-of-state contact (a relative up north?) to act as the point of contact for all family members in the event of an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family knows who that person is and carries their phone number in their wallet or purse.
  6. Check your insurance coverage. Companies stop writing coverage when a storm is approaching. Ensure that your homeowner’s insurance has enough windstorm coverage to rebuild your home in today’s market. Also, remember that standard insurance doesn’t cover flooding. You’ll need special flood insurance from the federal government.
  7. Plan for the family pets. Shelters will not accept pets. If you want to ensure your pets livelihood, you may wish to consider evacuating early to a friend’s home that’s in a safe area.
  8. Keep your vehicles gassed up to at least half a tank at all times throughout hurricane season. When a storm approaches, lines WILL get long (up to five hours!) and gas stations will run out of gas before the storm hits. You need to have enough gas to safely evacuate if the situation warrants.

What You Need

  • Non-perishable food
  • Drinking water
  • Batteries
  • Medication for all family members
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Cash
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing

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Tornando Reports In Deep South

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 16, 2011

Tornando Reports In Deep SouthA tornado reportedly touched down near the town of Tangipahoa, Louisiana this morning lifting up a two-story house and moving it 10 feet from its foundation. An unoccupied tractor-trailer was also thrown into the air.

It’s a result of a strong system that’s produced pop-up storm cells throughout the Deep South this morning.

Tornado Hits Deep SouthIn Terrebone Parish near Houma, Louisiana, the local emergency manager confirms there was a tornado touchdown near the Houma-Terrebone Airport. Emergency responders report damage to homes and buildings.

In Marion, Mississippi police say a reported tornado left a swath of trees down a quarter mile long near Bunker Hill and Grice Roads. Four people were reported trapped inside a house, but they were rescued and transported to a local hospital with non-critical injuries.

As the storms move east, another possible tornado reportedly touched down in Sumter County in Alabama with trees down and possible injuries. Survey teams will be out later Wednesday to examine the damage.

Property owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore.

Test your hurricane IQ, visit the link The Weather Channel.

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How Long Can South Florida’s Hurricane Luck Last?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 14, 2011

How Long Can South Florida’s Hurricane Luck Last?History – not the effects of global warming – suggest that South Florida’s five-year run without a hurricane is at increasing risk.

Florida enters hurricane season 2011, which commences on Wednesday, officially pushing its luck.

It’s not because Mother Nature has gone wild on global warming juice. It’s a matter of simple odds.

The last hurricane to hit the state was Category 3 Wilma, which roared ashore near Naples and buzz-sawed across the peninsula, leaving a $9 billion trail of ripped roofs and shattered high-rise windows from Miami to Palm Beach. That was five years ago, come October.
History, the only reliable indicator of where hurricanes wind up, suggests South Florida is due.

The statisticians at the National Hurricane Center calculate that the coastline from Palm Beach County to Key West has averaged a hit from a Category 1 hurricane every four to five years. It doesn’t take the sharpest knife in the drawer to figure South Florida’s hurricane-free run, at five years and counting, might just be at risk.

“Obviously, when you look at the return frequency, the greatest risk in Florida is South Florida,’’ said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. “We’re sticking pretty far down into the tropics.’’

Most preseason forecasts predict a slightly calmer season than 2010, but that’s small comfort. Last year churned out 19 named storms — tied for third-highest number on record.

Defying the odds, none of the 12 storms that grew to hurricane strength made landfall on the mainland U.S. Last year also marked a record-tying fifth straight year in which the mainland has escaped a strike from major hurricane of Category 3 or above. But three storms did cause heavy damage and kill 250 people in the Caribbean and Central America.

Jerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said conditions that have seemed to super-fuel the tropics over the last decade remain largely in place. The brew includes warm Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures, running two degrees higher than normal, along with assorted favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions that have locked the tropics in a 17-year cycle of high activity. Eight of the 13 busiest hurricane years have been recorded since 2000, including 2005, with the all-time high for storms: 28.

The one change in global weather conditions, and a bit of a wild card, is the apparent waning of La Niña, a weather pattern marked by cooling temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean that typically tends to reduce wind shear, making it easier for storms in the Atlantic to form and strengthen. The expectation, said Bell, isn’t for a shift to an El Niño phase, which tends to knock back hurricane formation, but instead to something in between.

NOAA’s forecast calls for 12 to 18 named storms, including six to 10 hurricanes, with three to six developing into major storms — still “above-normal.’’

Where they will wind up is anybody’s guess. The steering currents that curved all 12 hurricanes away from the U.S. last year — the first time that has ever happened – are unpredictable, Bell said, and typically more variable than they were in 2010 .

There is at least one bit of upbeat news. Scientists say the record tornadoes and flooding devastating the South and Midwest aren’t harbingers of a cataclysmic hurricane season to come.

The powerful atmospheric forces generating those events aren’t big players in tropical storm formation, said Brian Soden, a climate researcher at the University of Miami.

“There is no real overlap,’’ said Soden, a professor of meteorology at UM’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Like many scientists, he also cautions against viewing the record flooding and tornadoes as evidence that a warming world has suddenly flicked the “extreme’’ switch on the complex global weather machine.

The deadly weather has sparked debates in newspapers and blogs about what role climate change has played in the extreme weather events. Some environmentalists and scientists argue a hotter, moister atmosphere in the Gulf of Mexico has added fuel to the already volatile spring weather that typically produces the most intense twisters.

But Soden said it’s too soon to call the twisters as “a climate change signal.’’ That would be like projecting a baseball player’s production from the first few at-bats of a season, he said. It will take decades, he said, to measure how — and how much — influence climate change will have.

For instance, some initial research suggests hotter seas will produce more and stronger storms but subsequent studies suggest it could also create stronger wind shear that could shred hurricanes.

“The knee-jerk reaction is that it is going to lead to more hurricanes, stronger hurricanes, etc.,’’ Soden said. “The changes may be a mixed bag.’’

A preliminary assessment produced last month by what NOAA has informally dubbed its CSI team — short for Climate Scene Investigations — found nothing to indicate climate change played a role in the outbreak. Water vapor and wind shear, key ingredients in tornado formation, fell within ranges recorded over the past 30 years.

Martin Hoerling, a NOAA scientist who leads what is technically know as the Climate Attribution Rapid Response Team, said there was no disputing that temperatures have risen globally but measuring its impact at the local level is far more difficult and will require a concerted research effort.

“As we go to the local, we discover that the natural variability is much, much greater,’’ said Hoerling, who is based at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. “We struggle to define what is natural variability and what is change.’’

It’s also unclear how still relatively minor climate changes could produce what he called “rogue’’ or “black swan’’ weather events — such as the 15 to 25 inches of rain recorded in the Mississippi Valley on April 14.

“It doesn’t mean climate change wasn’t a contributor,’’ Hoerling said. “We had twice as much rain as ever happened in this area and you can’t explain that from a 2 or 3 percent increase in moisture levels.’’

Jeff Weber, a scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which is affiliated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, said the explosion of twisters had been spawned by what he called a “classic set up’’ of the forces that fuel tornadoes.

One key was an atmospheric pattern called the North Atlantic Oscillation, which is a measure of the fluctuations between a low pressure system over Greenland and a high pressure one over the Azores. It can alter the alignment of the jet stream, which helps steer storms as they move across the country and influences weather in Europe and North America. Weber said they’ve been unusually persistent for the last 23 months, causing the jet stream to “buckle’’ and slowing storms. That allowed thunderstorms to slurp more moist warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and more cold air from the north — the perfect twister cocktail.

“I am a full believer in climate change and global warming. I can’t find any empirical evidence for it here,’’ he said. “’It’s not unprecedented. Sometimes, weather just happens.’’

The six-month hurricane season ends Nov. 30. The first named storm of 2011 will be Arlene.

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Hurricane Strength Storm Batters Alaska

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 11, 2011

Hurricane Strength Storm Batters Alaska(Anchorage Alaska) Packing hurricane-force winds, an Alaskan storm of “epic proportions” slammed into coastal communities, sending some residents fleeing to higher ground as it tore roofs from homes and knocked out power.

The strongest storm to hit the state in four decades sent water levels rising late Wednesday night in Nome, with flooding reported in low-lying areas, the National Weather Service said.

“It’s barely beginning to wind down along the coast,” Stephen Kearney, a meteorologist for the Weather Service in Fairbanks, said late Wednesday night.

Emergency officials warned that areas on Alaska’s western coast between Norton Sound and Point Hope were vulnerable to a possible surge of sea water that could bring varying degrees of flooding to villages already soaked.

However, there were no new reports of substantial damage in Nome late Wednesday night, the National Weather Service said.

“The sea level will remain steady into the early morning hours and then start to come down tomorrow morning,” Kearney told the Anchorage Daily News.

Flooding was reported in Point Hope, where the water came within 10 feet of the airport runway, but the community still had power, Kearney said.

Earlier, the storm produced 85-mph gusts, well above hurricane force. But emergency managers said that the winds had begun to taper off and were clocked with still-potent gusts of 55 mph. The storm passed through more southern points of its path.

Some villages, such as Kivalina, could be even more vulnerable with winds shifting as they head to Russia, officials said.

Water reportedly reached some reached homes in at least four Native villages, including Tununak and Kipnuk, state emergency managers said earlier Wednesday.

“This is a storm of epic proportions,” said meteorologist Jeff Osiensky with the National Weather Service. “We’re not out of the woods with this.”

The last time the communities saw something similar was in November 1974, when a storm created a sea surge that measured more than 13 feet. The surge pushed beach driftwood above the level of the previous storm of its type in 1913.

The weather service said “a potent upper level disturbance” rotating around the Bering Sea storm is expected to bring 3 to 8 inches of snowfall to the Anchorage area by Thursday afternoon. The service issued a winter weather advisory for Anchorage in effect until noon Thursday.

Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state’s emergency management agency, noted there have been no reports of injuries, and that damage so far has been largely limited to blown-out windows and battered roofs. Nome, Hooper Bay and Tununak reported scattered power outages. During outages, officials were able to maintain contact with communities by satellite phone and VHS radios.

Wednesday’s planned test of the National Emergency Alert System was cancelled in Alaska due largely to the weather, KSRM-radio reported.

The highest wind gusts recorded — 89 mph — were at Wales at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, which forms the U.S. side of the Bering Strait, said Bob Fischer, lead forecaster for the weather service in Fairbanks.

Winton Weyapuk, president of the Wales Village Corp., said the community suffered more lost sleep than damage.

“People said they were worried,” Weyapuk said. “When the wind gusted here, it was pretty loud inside their homes.”

Some families moved to the school overnight as a precaution. Water came high into dunes in front of the village and approached the school steps, he said. But a drive through the community of 136 before the sun came up revealed little damage.

The southeast direction of the wind helped, Weyapuk said.

“The wind was blowing parallel to the beach instead of from the south or southwest, which would have brought the waves straight in,” he said.

In Nome — the biggest of the coastal communities with about 3,600 residents — wind gusted to 61 mph. City officials said Wednesday afternoon that they closed and barricaded streets in low-lying areas where flooding was reported and urged residents to keep clear of those areas.

Residents along Front Street, which runs less than 100 feet from the seawall that protects Nome from the Bering Sea, were asked to voluntarily evacuate Tuesday night. They stayed with friends on higher ground or at one of two shelters opened by the city at a recreation center and at a church, Brown said.

About 180 miles to the northeast, in Kotzebue, the regional hub for northwest Alaska villages, the storm had quieted down by 10:30 a.m.

Wind gusting to 74 mph had damaged a few sheds and roofs. But power, phones and other utilities were not interrupted, said Dennis Tiepelman, public administrator for the Northwest Arctic Borough.

“Just debris and loose stuff flying around. No power outage, no utilities were off,” Tiepelman said.

As the storm moved north to the Chukchi Sea at midday, a 14-foot rock seawall was holding up in Kivalina, one of the villages hardest hit by coastal erosion in recent decades, said community spokeswoman Colleen Swan.

Damage so far was limited to tin roofing on homes.

Swan’s sister, Marilyn Swan, made the five-minute walk to her job as the city clerk. By the time she arrived, she was covered with clumps of snow.

“I’ve never seen it that bad before,” she said. “We’ve had storms, but this is pretty strong.”

The storm also pounded Tununak, 519 miles northwest of Anchorage. Water rising in a river had reached boardwalks in the Yupik Eskimo village, resident Elizabeth Flynn said.

The state and emergency managers in the villages have long prepared for the powerful storms that batter Alaska’s western coast, holding twice-yearly meetings on dealing with emergencies. In the past few years, the state has held evacuation workshops as well, Zidek said.

The Coast Guard had received no calls Wednesday morning from vessels seeking help from the storm, Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said.

Francis said the storm hit after most crab fishing had concluded.

“We’re kind of in a lull with a lot of the fisheries,” she said.

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What You Shoud Know About Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 9, 2011

What You Shoud Know About Hurricane ShuttersShutters are used for many purposes, from practical to decorative. They are available in an assortment of styles and constructions to suit specific needs. They are made from a variety of materials, including metal, steel, vinyl, plastic and wood. Some shutters are strictly used for aesthetic purposes as part of an interior or exterior design plan, while many other styles are used to protect residential or commercial property from the elements or from storm damage.

As a interior decor element, shutters are frequently used as a main source of window treatment, because they are very attractive on their own and do not require any other embellishment. Plantation are quite versatile and can be used in most styles of decor from conventional to contemporary. They add charm to rustic, cottage, and nautical or “beach house” themed styles of decor as well. Aside from being a design element, decorative shutters can also provide some functionality, for example, to protect privacy or to manage light. Many styles of shutters also offer adjustable louvers, or slats, to filter light.

Exterior shutters can also be decorative or functional. For a home with vinyl siding, choosing vinyl shutters in a contrasting shade creates an attractive effect and makes the house stand out. It creates a more finished look, similar to that achieved by adding a frame to a picture.

For practical use, shutters are a great way to protect residential and commercial property from the elements. They can help keep out cold, protect windows from breaking and protect the interior from water, debris or other types of storm damage. Shutters are essential in hurricane and tornado prone areas.

There are many different styles, structures and price ranges to choose from, from comprehensive shutter systems to very affordable plain plywood shutters. In the event of a dangerous storm, property owners need to be able to move quickly. The most important aspects of quality storm or hurricane shutters are affordability, strength and reliability, and the ability to install them easily when needed. These factors help give the property owner peace of mind, and help him or her secure property and still evacuate quickly.

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