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Tracking the tropics

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 18, 2014

Tracking the tropicsQuick Summary:- Currently no tropical cyclones anywhere in the world

– Weak disturbance near Florida bringing showers and thunderstorms there; not currently showing signs of tropical development
– Eastern Pacific system could eventually develop, but not doing so yet

ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO

There’s an area of showers and thunderstorms with some twist evident on satellite/radar loops over the northwest Bahamas and parts of the Florida peninsula.
A couple earlier runs of the RPM model were eye-catching, showing the system spinning like a top and heading into Florida on Thursday.
Every once in a while one of these things at this time of year will quickly turn into a tropical depression or storm, and on general principle we keep an eye on systems in such close proximity to the U.S.; however there is currently no surface circulation (the rotation is ~2-4 miles up) and surface pressures in the area are higher than what is typically conducive to tropical cyclone formation, and for now that has to be considered a long shot.
We’ll monitor and let you know if that changes; regardless, cloud-to-ground lightning and locally heavy rain will be hazards from the thunderstorms, typical of summer in Florida.
Nothing else new to report in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or Gulf.

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Hurricane Shutters FAQ

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 13, 2014

Hurricane Shutters FAQWhen it comes to Hurricane Shutters you need to know that they will indeed stand up to, well, a hurricane. Your Hurricane Shutters will be that first line of defense that keeps your windows, and the inside of your home, intact. To make sure that Hurricane Shutters will indeed stand up to their name the State of Florida requires independent testing and review by a Florida licensed professional engineer. Once they have verified that the shutters will indeed withstand a hurricane the product is approved.

Q: Should I tape my windows when a hurricane threatens?

A: NO! It is a waste of effort, time, and tape. It offers little strength to the glass and NO protection against flying debris. After the storm passes you will spend many a hot summer afternoon trying to scrape the old, baked-on tape off your windows (assuming they weren’t shattered). Once a Hurricane Warning has been issued you would be better off spending your time putting up shutters over doors and windows.

Q: Should I put shutters over my doors ???

A: Obviously sliding glass doors, french doors or any door with considerable glass in it should be protected. Some double doors or garage doors should either be shuttered or reinforced. In Hurricane Andrew many of these type doors gave way.

Q: Why should I get hurricane shutters ?

A: People who live in coastal counties from Texas to Maine, and those in other hurricane prone areas, such as most of the Florida peninsula, will find shutters an excellent investment for protecting their lives and property. They protect against wind and wind-borne debris. These shutters protect not only the windows or doors they cover, but also possessions and people inside the building. Once a window or door has been breeched by hurricane winds tremendous pressure is brought to bear on interior walls and upward pressure on the building’s roof. This can lead to roof failure which exposes the entire contents of the building to the storm. Shutters are a first line of defense against the hurricane. Much of the damage and building failure in Hurricane Andrew could have been prevented by well installed hurricane shutters over windows and doors.

Q: Why should I bother with shutters if I live in an evacuation zone?

A: Shutters will protect your house and possessions from wind damage whether you are there or not. If the storm surge should reach your home then the shutters won’t protect against the flood of water. But not every place in the evacuation zone will flood. You should take every reasonable precaution to protect your property.

Q: What are the best kind of shutters ?

A: The best kind are those that are affordable, are easy to install, and offer the greatest protection. Which of these properties is most important to you depends on individual circumstances. For a disabled or elderly person it may be ease of installation with either an automatic closing mechanism or accordion type shutters. For those with limited incomes plywood shutters may be the only affordable option. For most people the best compromise would be steel panels, which offer good protection, but are expensive and take effort to install. Aluminum panels are lighter and easier to install, but offer less protection and may not meet the building code for your area.
Which ever type you decide on it is important to remember that shutters are only as good as the quality of their installation. Ensure that the shutters or their anchors are installed by qualified workmen and that quality materials that meet the building code for your area are used.

Q: What about the plastic film and shatter resistant windows I’ve heard about ?

A: Although these are remarkable products that are being improved every year, they are no substitute for shutters. If you have windows that for some reason, such as access, can’t be shuttered then you may wish to consider using the film or installing the shatter resistant glass.
Remember that the film only protects the glass. The frame is still under pressure and the whole window could fail. Windows with these treatments will still suffer damage from the impact of debris and may have to be replaced after a storm, whereas a shutter would take most or all of the energy of such an impact. Films and special glasses also might not meet the building code for your area.

Q: How do I choose an installation company I can trust ?

A: The same way you go about choosing any company that performs a service. Make sure they are licensed, get references, and then check the references. Ask your neighbors and friends about who installed their shutters and if they had any complaints or recommendations. Check out a company with the Better Business Bureau, your local licensing authority, or contractor association.

Q: When is the best time to get my shutters installed ?
 
A: The best time to have shutters installed is when the house is built so they can be a part of the design. If you own a house without shutters have them installed as soon as is practical. Keep in mind that the beginning of hurricane season may be a busy time for most installation companies. Do NOT wait until a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area.
At the start of each hurricane season you should test out your shutters. For permanently installed shutters try closing each one to make sure they work smoothly and lock tight. For panels and plywood shutters try a couple of windows and doors to ensure the hardware works and check the time you need to complete the job. Check all panels for warpage or other damage which could compromise its integrity. Repair any problems at this time so that everything is ready when a storm threatens.

When a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area check all mechanisms and hardware again, and maybe pre-install the more difficult shutters. If you live in an evacuation zone and it will take 2 or 3 hours to complete your shutter installation, you may want to start during the Watch phase. If you are not in an evacuation zone you should time your installation early in the Warning phase so that you are not struggling with panels during high winds.

Q: What if I can’t afford commercial shutters ?

A: The least expensive, effective method of protecting windows is probably using plywood. The key to plywood shutters is thickness and installation. Use at least 5/8 inch exterior grade plywood, it makes the shutters heavier but safer. They should be cut to fit inside the window frame, installed prior to hurricane season, marked for which window they are made for, and stored with their hardware, preferably in a dry location. Heat and moisture over time will warp plywood, and a good fit is essential to their effectiveness.

If even these shutters seem too expensive consider making them for two or three windows at a time, starting with the most vulnerable. After a few years you will have your whole house ready.

Q: Can condominium associations prohibit shutters ?

A: The short answer in Florida is NO. Chapter 718 of Florida Statutes of the Comdominium Act (1991) permits each board of administration to adopt specifications as to color, style, etc., but all specifications “shall comply with the applicable building code”. The Florida statutes further state “… a board shall not refuse to approve the installation or replacement of hurricane shutters conforming to the specifications adopted by the board.”

No matter what hurricane needs you have contact CAT 5 Shutters, LLC for a free estimate.

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Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 25, 2014

Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC

Here is another quality job done by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC

Located on the water in Boca Raton, Florida

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Hurricane Season less than 2 months away..

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 22, 2014

Hurricane Season less than 2 months away..Hurricane season start June 1.. that’s less than 6 weeks away. Are you prepared? CAT 5 Shutters, LLC can help.. from installing new shutters to servicing the existing. Contact us today..so we can help you be prepared.

We can help you be ready for the storms. Don’t delay call us today.

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What is the link between hurricanes and global warming?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 21, 2014

What is the link between hurricanes and global warming?…while water temperature is the most important factor in tropical cyclone dynamics, many other environmental factors affect these storms. These include: the deep warm water; moisture availibility; weak wind shear; a source of rotation, and no land interaction/landfall. Only when all these factors exist can a hurricane reach its maximum potential intensity for a given water temperature. In fact, few hurricanes reach their potential because some inhibiting factor exists. Furthermore, global warming could enhance some negative influences regionally; an ensemble of 18 global climate models show that wind shear and dry air will increase in the Atlantic, while in contrast the opposite occurs in the west Pacific where environmental factors favor more hurricanes. Therefore, anthropogenic warmer oceans do not necessarily correlate to increased tropical cyclone activity or stronger hurricanes globally. Climate models give mixed results on whether the average storm intensities will change, but most show evidence for some increase in intensity.

One inhibiting factor is the El Nino, a body of relatively warm equatorial water in the eastern Pacific. Absent for the past few years, it is expected to bring weak to moderately warm water to the South American west coast. A characteristic of El Nino is westerly winds in the upper troposphere that act to shear the tops off Atlantic easterly waves coming off the African Coast, preventing them from growing into named storms or hurricanes…
However, this (weak to moderate) El Nino will fall well short of the one that occurred in 2007, limiting the season’s total named storms to seven.
From William Gray’s 2001 hurricane forecast

Working in a strategically located lagoon off Puerto Rico, Donelly and Woodruff compiled the long record (cores, 2007) of strong hurricanes in the Atlantic region. The 5,000 year record identified two factors that appeared to heighten Atlantic activity: weak El Ninos in the tropical Pacific and strong monsoons in West Africa.
Scientists have established that strong El Ninos can stunt hurricane activity by causing strong high-altitude winds that inhibit hurricane formation.
Other reseaqrchers have identified that storms over western Africa generate atmospheric waves that move into the Atlantic and provide “seedlings” for hurricane development…

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Prepare now for Hurricane Season 2014

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 19, 2014

Prepare now for Hurricane Season 2014The official season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. Long range forecasts can predict the intensity of the season, but not individual storms. Such forecasts are useful to gauge what to expect, but can’t offer insight into where storms will hit or how often. They are often publicized because they are newsworthy and help governmental agencies prepare for the worst.
Examining the records for Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclones reveals that storms form during every month of the year, not just during the storm season.
Tropical Storm Risk, an organization headed by Prof. Mark Saunders and Dr. Adam Lea of the University of London Department of Climate and Space Physics, issued their long-range prediction for the 2014 season in December. This season could see as many as five intense hurricanes (category 3-5), nine hurricanes (category 1-2), and 18 tropical storms.

Now is the time to take action and get ready for hurricane season. Formulate an evacuation plan if you live on or near the coast. Know the evacuation routes and put together an evacuation kit that includes non-perishable food, clothing, water, and personal items to take with you.
Understand the dangers of tropical cyclones as they pertain to where you live and how they will affect you, so that you can be prepared ahead of time. Stock non-perishable food supplies and a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for at least one week. Provide for an alternative source of electrical power. Standby generators are best; portables offer a less-expensive option, but fuel for portables may be scarce during a widespread power outage.

if you need any type of hurricane protection contact CAT 5 Shutters LLC in west palm beach. Visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.com or call us toll free at 1-877-CAT-FIVE.
Remember that Hurricane Preparedness Week begins May 25th. The time to begin preparedness is now, before the season begins.

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Shutters Laws for HOA’s

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 18, 2014

Shutters Laws for HOA'sTo minimize the adverse look, many associations will require that the shutters must be neutral in color such as clear or white or match the color of the home or building. If possible, they will prohibit the installation of corrugated steel or plywood.

To minimize duration of shutter deployment, many associations will require that the shutters cannot go up before June 1 and must come down by Nov. 30 of each year. Other associations will say that they cannot go up before the first named storm of the year and must come down by Nov. 30 of each year.

Some associations will require that they cannot go up until a storm is named and must come down after the named storm is no longer a threat. In these neighborhoods or buildings, the shutters may go up and down five to 10 times a hurricane season, which can be quite a bit of work for the aesthetic trade-off.

If your association wants to implement or change any current house rules concerning shutter deployment, to be effective, the new proposed rules must be sent or delivered to the home or unit owners at least 14 days before the board meeting to approve same along with a copy of the notice of the board meeting.

Many associations will also adopt house rules requiring owners to remove all personal property from their lanais or balconies if they will be gone from their unit for an extended period (say more than four days) during hurricane season. This can minimize damage that can be caused by their personal property becoming flying projectiles or missiles in a hurricane or sever storm.

Sometimes right before an impending storm, an owner who does not have professionally installed shutters will nail up some tacky plywood. Although such action may be in violation of an association’s shutter rules, we usually suggest that an association not interfere with the owner putting up the plywood to protect his property so that the association does not assume liability of any damage to the home that may occur. However, after the storm threat is gone the owner should be required to remove the plywood immediately and be informed that he cannot do it again if it’s against the association’s shutter policies and that if he wants shutter protection he needs to contract for and install professional shutters. If he then puts up the plywood again when the next storm approaches, the association should then take legal action against him for a permanent injunction to prevent such plywood installation in the future. If such action becomes necessary, usually the owner will be responsible for the association’s attorney’s fees in addition to his own. This can become much more costly to the violating owner than to cost of professionally installed shutters. It is a balancing act between providing hurricane protection and keeping aesthetics of the community at a high standard. However, well thought out and adopted rules can allow for such balance.

CAT 5 Shutters, LLC has been dealing with HOA’s since we opened our doors.  Call us today for a free estimate. Toll free at 1-877-CAT-FIVE or visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.net.

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Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 6, 2014

Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane ShuttersIf your home isn’t secured with a shutter system, now is the time to move this item to the top of your to-do list. Shutters are important not only to protect your windows from flying debris but also to prevent your home from being breached with hurricane-force winds if a window breaks. When the wind gets in your home, it places intense pressure on interior walls and can lead to a roof collapse.

Hurricane shutters are the most important protection and the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular. Prepare ahead of time, say experts, particularly with panels and plywood protection. Make sure the right tools and hardward are on hand before the storm nears. Here’s the lowdown on hurricane shutters and window protection.

Commercial hurricane shutters can be made of many different materials, from wood to aluminum. Each option provides a different amount of protection and functionality and costs a different price. Shutters should meet certain standards according to the severity and frequency of hurricanes where the shutters are installed.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties are both considered high-wind-velocity areas, and have the most stringent standards in the state, said Jaime Gascon, Miami-Dade product control section supervisor.

When shopping for shutter systems, make sure the products say Miami-Dade approved — which meets all standards in the state.

Hurricane Shutters MaterialsThe cheapest material an effective shutter can be made from is plywood. Many people who cannot afford commercial shutters buy and construct their own temporary shutters from plywood using simple brackets. Shutters can also be made from any type of wood that is thicker and tougher than plywood, as well as aluminum or heavy steel, each offering successively more protection.

Thickness of Hurricane ShuttersCommercial hurricane shutters have a minimum thickness suggestion of 5/8 inch. Flying debris may break through wood shutters thinner than 5/8 inch during a hurricane. The thickness of the shutter is also important regardless of the material the shutter is made from. If fast flying debris hits the shutter with enough force, the shutter itself could slam against and break glass windows or doors.

Functionality of Hurricane ShuttersShutters can be either manual or automatic. When deciding on which type of shutter to purchase, consider your needs and lifestyle. An elderly person might require an automatic accordion shutter that closes at the touch of a button. However, convenience is more expensive, and those who do not need this function may prefer a cheaper, hardwood shutter that must be closed manually. All automatic shutters should have a manual backup system in case power is lost during a hurricane.

Considerations for Huricane ShuttersChoosing a company to make and install your commercial shutters is an important decision. While many companies offer this service, make sure the company you choose is licensed, has good references and provides the proper material and protection for the price. Call the references given by the company for reviews of the product.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide varity of hurricane shutters; Accordion Shutters, Bahamas Shutters, Colonial Shutters, Roll Down Shutters, Storm Panels, Stainless Steel Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

When only the best will do, ask for Cat 5 Shutters, LLC. hurricane protection products.

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Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane Shutters

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on March 6, 2014

Materials, Standards and Functionality of Commercial Hurricane ShuttersIf your home isn’t secured with a shutter system, now is the time to move this item to the top of your to-do list. Shutters are important not only to protect your windows from flying debris but also to prevent your home from being breached with hurricane-force winds if a window breaks. When the wind gets in your home, it places intense pressure on interior walls and can lead to a roof collapse.

Hurricane shutters are the most important protection and the most economical solution for most homeowners to protect window openings in a storm, although hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular. Prepare ahead of time, say experts, particularly with panels and plywood protection. Make sure the right tools and hardward are on hand before the storm nears. Here’s the lowdown on hurricane shutters and window protection.

Commercial hurricane shutters can be made of many different materials, from wood to aluminum. Each option provides a different amount of protection and functionality and costs a different price. Shutters should meet certain standards according to the severity and frequency of hurricanes where the shutters are installed.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties are both considered high-wind-velocity areas, and have the most stringent standards in the state, said Jaime Gascon, Miami-Dade product control section supervisor.

When shopping for shutter systems, make sure the products say Miami-Dade approved — which meets all standards in the state.

Hurricane Shutters MaterialsThe cheapest material an effective shutter can be made from is plywood. Many people who cannot afford commercial shutters buy and construct their own temporary shutters from plywood using simple brackets. Shutters can also be made from any type of wood that is thicker and tougher than plywood, as well as aluminum or heavy steel, each offering successively more protection.

Thickness of Hurricane ShuttersCommercial hurricane shutters have a minimum thickness suggestion of 5/8 inch. Flying debris may break through wood shutters thinner than 5/8 inch during a hurricane. The thickness of the shutter is also important regardless of the material the shutter is made from. If fast flying debris hits the shutter with enough force, the shutter itself could slam against and break glass windows or doors.

Functionality of Hurricane ShuttersShutters can be either manual or automatic. When deciding on which type of shutter to purchase, consider your needs and lifestyle. An elderly person might require an automatic accordion shutter that closes at the touch of a button. However, convenience is more expensive, and those who do not need this function may prefer a cheaper, hardwood shutter that must be closed manually. All automatic shutters should have a manual backup system in case power is lost during a hurricane.

Considerations for Huricane ShuttersChoosing a company to make and install your commercial shutters is an important decision. While many companies offer this service, make sure the company you choose is licensed, has good references and provides the proper material and protection for the price. Call the references given by the company for reviews of the product. Contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company you buy from is listed with a positive standing.

Cat 5 Shutters LLC offer the finest and strongest hurricane shutters and storm protection on the market. All of our hurricane shutters are tested and approved by Miami-Dade County and the Florida building code (High velocity Hurricane Zone) which will guarantee the purchaser the highest level of “Peace of Mind” during a hurricane disaster. We manufacture a wide varity of hurricane shutters; Accordion Shutters, Bahamas Shutters, Colonial Shutters, Roll Down Shutters, Storm Panels, Stainless Steel Screens, and Roll Down Screens. Keeping Floridians safe against hurricanes, storms, intruders and the suns rays based out of West Palm Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County).

We invite you to contact us today for more information, and discover the secret to enjoying unprecedented storm protection and “peace-of-mind” for many years to come!

When only the best will do, ask for Cat 5 Shutters, LLC. hurricane protection products.

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Ice storm wallops Southeast, stranding drivers, cutting power.

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on February 13, 2014

Ice storm wallops Southeast, stranding drivers, cutting power.Calling ice the biggest enemy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency. School districts canceled classes and government offices were shuttered in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the traffic paralysis caused by a storm last month.
Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte, making travel treacherous.
Also in the storm’s path were Virginia and Washington, with much of the Northeast to follow.
All federal offices in the nation’s capital were ordered closed, and thousands of employees were being told to stay home.

‘Stay home, if you can’

While most of the major thoroughfares in and out of the city of Atlanta were reportedly devoid of traffic, a different scene was playing out to the northeast where the storm appeared to take people by surprise despite days of warnings.
“Stay home, if you can,” North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said in posts on Twitter. “Quickly deteriorating road conditions, numerous car accidents in Durham/Franklin/Johnston/Wake counties.”
Gridlock gripped portions of the state, including Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, as cars and trucks got stuck on snow- and ice-covered roads.
“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in the snow-bound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham.
“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.”
For some, there just wasn’t enough time.
Michael Crosswhite, 44, planned on leaving work in Raleigh, in Wake County, by midafternoon, well ahead of when forecasters initially predicted a snow and ice storm to hit the area.
But by noon, the snow and icy rain was coming down.
‘Nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck’
“We just passed an 18-wheeler that spun out into a ditch,” he said by telephone more than two hours into his journey home to Durham, a trip that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
School’s out: That’s a rap
Moments later, a car ahead of him spun out in front of him.
“It’s kind of slushy, and there are just icy spots that there is nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck,” Crosswhite said.
The images out of Raleigh and Charlotte recalled a similar scenario in Atlanta, a city shut down by 2.6 inches of snow two weeks ago when thousands of commuters were stuck on highways. Some drivers spent up to 20 hours in their cars.
“Right now we’ve got people traveling up and down the highways in special four-wheel vehicles to make any rescues that we need to make, and more than anything else we’re just encouraging people to be smart, and don’t put their stupid hat on during the next 48 hours,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging people not to abandon their vehicles.

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