Call today itself

A Complete and Exhaustive Guide to Hurricanes part five

Along with wind speed, swells, and clouds the surface pressure readings are also an indicator about the presence and strength of a hurricane. Any reading that is below 1010 MB should be treated with caution; in some extreme cases, as with Hurricane Gilbert, the pressure dropped to 888 MB. The normal surface pressure in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic during summer season and autumn is in the range of 1012 MB and 1020 MB.


Also small increases and decreases in the surface pressure can be attributed to strong winds that accompany a tropical cyclone.


A hurricane is steered by the environment or external causes and its own internal influences. The speed and direction of a hurricane are unpredictable. Hurricanes usually move forward with an average speed of around 13 – 17 knots. Often a hurricane may stall and sometimes it can accelerate to more than 50 knots. Hurricanes can loop, veer off course or follow a straight path. Because the path of a hurricane is not easy to gauge, meteorologists have to watch hurricane movements closely.


Environmental factors that influence the path of a hurricane include high

and low pressure systems, fronts, and middle or upper-level circulations and jet streams. As the intensity of a hurricane increases, factors influencing it have to be traced high up in the atmosphere. A strong tropical cyclone is usually steered by the winds in the middle and upper troposphere.


It is only when we begin to understand the mechanism that governs the motions of a hurricane then we place ourselves in a position to plan and evaluate our options for avoiding a hurricane. It is interesting to note that the eye of a storm often wobbles as much as 10 to 20 nautical miles from the average direction of a hurricane’s path.  


Tracking of cyclones takes into account all the factors that influence the speed and direction of a hurricane. This is achieved with the help of data provided by weather satellites and data provided by computer simulations. Mid-August to late October is the period when the meteorological department has to be most aware. Tropical storms developing at different times of the hurricane season are liable to take different paths and hit different portions of the U.S coast.


<< Back to Home Page


Robert H. - September - 2018 - Beaufort, South Carolina

My Accordion Shutters are up!   The windows took about 1.5 hours each. The shutters all fit very nicely, the material and finish is excellent, and they look very good. They are not intrusive at all.  I am pleased, my wife is pleased ( you know that is important) and my neighbor, who helped me was impressed based upon his window/door experience.
Good job! Thanks.

Marcus J. - August - 2018 - St. John, U.S Virgin Islands

Hello everyone at Empire, Marcus from St. John here. 
This project is being done by me and 1 helper, and we're going back much stronger, with many more tap cons, and wedge anchors than the original installers had done.
Your rolling shutters are amazing, great quality and workmanship. Everything is going great so far!

David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida

We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.  We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.  The shutters were an exact match.  Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people.  In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.  Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.  These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!

Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead
, Florida

I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.  I could not be happier with my choice.  The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.  The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.
  The company is very customer-oriented.  Michael and his staff were wonderful.  They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.  The installation video on the website made the installation  very easy. I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters.  Thanks again.  Please say Hi to everyone,

Steffan L. - May - 2018 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Florida

I picked up my shipment today at Paradise freight here on St Croix. Your shipping (and your products) deserves the highest rating. Thanks for excellent service..

Accordions : 8 - 10 Weeks
Bahamas & Colonials : 10-12 Wks
Clear Panels : 3 - 4 Weeks
Hurricane Fabric : 5 - 6 Weeks
Rolling Shutters : 10 Weeks
Storm Panels : 3 - 4 Weeks




  Hurricane Shutters made in the USA

Finance Your Shutters with PayPal!