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Hurricanes Stronger Than Typhoons For The First Time

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A remarkable thing has occurred regarding cyclones. For the first time in modern history, north Atlantic hurricanes were recorded as being stronger than south Pacific typhoons.

What’s the Difference Hurricanes and Typhoons?

Strictly speaking, cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons are all synonyms for the same thing. The difference stems from the location of the three systems. All of them are intense low-pressure systems, but hurricanes form in the North Atlantic, while typhoons form in the South Pacific Ocean. In the curious case of Hurricane Genevieve, this hurricane formed in the Atlantic and traveled all the way to the Pacific, where it crossed the international dateline and suddenly became Super Typhoon Genevieve.

Which is Stronger?

Generally, typhoons are traditionally stronger than hurricanes, but that dynamic has shifted with last year’s batch of tropical cyclones. Typhoons are usually stronger because of the warmer temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, but this too is changing because of climate change and the heavy reliance of man on fossil fuels.

The trend of hurricanes being on average stronger than typhoons isn’t expected to be a fluke of 2017 and is expected to continue for some years to come. As greenhouse gases continue to rise in concentration in our atmosphere so will hurricanes continue to gain in strength.

Coastal regions like Florida and many small islands like Dominica, the British and US Virgin Islands were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and many of these regions are still trying to pick up the pieces from these natural disasters.

What can be done?

The question of how to combat climate change is a big, many-layered question; and there is no single, magical answer that will make everything okay. We have spent a long time developing our infrastructure around the fossil fuel industry. However, what is agreed upon is that something to needs to happen. Suggestions, like cutting do2wn on your energy consumption and switching to solar energy or other renewable energy sources, is important, but so is making sure that you are adequately prepared for the hurricane regardless of how strong it is.

How to be Hurricane Prepared on a Limited Budget

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When it comes to hurricane preparedness, there are many things that you can do on a limited budget. Structural additions like rollshutters may not always be a feasible solution for a low-income family – even with financing options available for such purchases.

When a hurricane approaches, households across many Caribbean islands tend to go on a mad scramble to get supplies for their homes and themselves. In this article, we’ll look into some things you can do for cheap to prepare for the storm.

Buy a Crank Radio

Crank Radios are like conventional radios in every way except for the power source. As the name may suggest, crank radios are powered by turning a crankshaft, which charges a battery in the radio.

Conversely, there are also solar powered radios on the market as well, but without a light source, these radios will stop working. It is important to get a radio that you’ve tested the speakers, reception, and the rechargeable battery. Radios are important to have so you’ll be kept informed as to what is going with the storm and if the all-clear has been given.

Stock Up on Sale Items

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A popular hurricane preparedness tip is to stock up on canned goods and other non-perishable foodstuffs. However, you can buy the items you need over time and wait for them to go on sale. Overall, sometimes you can save anywhere between 10% and 40 % on some grocery items, and upwards of 25% on other items.

Plywood Sheets Vs. Storm Panels

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Firstly, it should be stated that plywood sheets over your windows are simply not an effective method of protection. There is one way but that requires some special equipment, which for those on a budget usually isn’t possible for financial reasons.

Using masking tape or duct tape across your windows is equally not a good idea, because if they are impacted by flying debris, the window will still be broken but instead of shattering, larger pieces of glass will remain, which can cause serious injuries or even death to those inside the house.

If aluminum rollshutters, Bahama or colonial shutters are not options, then we recommend using storm panels. Storm panels are made from extremely durable polycarbonate and represent the least expensive option of the permanent shutter systems. Storm panels are removable, so they don’t alter the aesthetic of the property. The downside is that they often require assistance in putting them up and can take around 20 minutes per window or door. When not in use, storm panels require storage but can be stacked for efficiency in space.

Request Hurricane Preparedness Items as Gifts

With Christmas and birthdays coming every year, it makes sense to ask friends and family to offer some inexpensive items for hurricane preparedness as gifts. It might seem a little tacky but it will save you money in the long run.

 

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Stand-By Power for During and After a Hurricane

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A hurricane can take power lines down and even destroy power stations at any time during the storm. Once you lose power, it can be weeks before your power is restored. If you live in a remote area or if the damage is so extensive that roads must be cleared and, possibly, repaired before power company crews can reach your area, it could be months before your power returns. Just look at what happened to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

At the very least, you need power restored within a few hours to avoid losing the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Excessive heat and humidity can create life-threatening conditions for the very young and the elderly, so your air conditioning may also be a necessity rather than a luxury. To maintain the power in your home, you need a standby generator that will begin operating automatically within seconds after the power goes off.

Standby vs. Portable Generators

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A standby generator is installed in a permanent location next to your home and anchored to a concrete slab. It is then attached to its power source(s) and to your home’s electrical system. Standby generators usually draw power from two sources – your home’s natural gas line and a propane tank. So you are not likely to have to leave your home in the midst of the destruction left by a hurricane to seek fuel at a time when supplies are likely to be scarce and prices are likely to be high.

Standby generators have a sensor that monitors your home’s electrical system, and when it senses that your home has lost power, it starts the generator. Your standby generator comes on automatically within 10 to 30 seconds of your loss of power. It will start whether or not you are at home, and if you are home, it does not require you to leave the safe room of your house to plug it into your home’s electrical system and start it. Standby generators can provide enough power to run everything in your home, including pools, hot tubs, and spas. However, standby generators are generally more expensive than portable generators.

Portable generators are less expensive than standby generators, and you could take a smaller one with you if you had to evacuate to the home of a friend or relative to maintain their power. However, if you are home when you lose power, you will have to leave your safe room and your house to connect a portable generator to your home’s power supply and then start the generator. You will also have to leave your shelter to refuel a portable generator at least three times during the course of a day.

If you have evacuated already or if you are away from your home and are unable to return, no one will be there to operate the generator, and your home will remain without power.

Also, a portable generator may be able to power your lights, your refrigerator and freezer, and any medical equipment that someone may need, but it may or may not be able to power the entire electric range.

It won’t be able to power your central air conditioner unless you purchase one that can generate 10 kW to 17.5 kW (kilowatts). Portable generators of that size are comparable in price to standby generators but lack the convenience of an automatic start, a permanent connection to a long-term fuel supply, and a permanent connection for supplying power to your home.

Choosing a Standby Generator

While most standby generators connect to two power supplies, some use only one. Standby generators with a single power supply may use natural gas, propane, or diesel fuel.

Once you decide on which power supply you prefer, you will need to determine how much power you need your generator to supply. A certified electrician can determine the exact wattage you need to provide an ample power supply for your home.

To get a general idea of the size generator you need, though, check the data plate on your air conditioner. It will either list its size in BTUs (British thermal units) or tons. Since each ton equals 12,000 BTUs, divide the number of BTUs by 12,000 to convert it to tons. If you want to power everything in your home, the following table provides a general guideline that estimates the size generator that you might need.

Size of Home Size of AC in Tons Estimated kW Required
< 1,000 sq. feet 2 tons 13.8 kW
1,000 – 1,600 sq. ft. 3 tons 14.7 kW
1,600 – 3,000 sq. ft. 4 tons 21 kW
3,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. 5 tons 24.6 kW
5,000 + 5 tons 24.6 kW

Again, this table offers only a general estimate of the number of kilowatts you might need to power your home. You should have a licensed electrician survey your home to determine your exact power needs. If your exact needs fall between the outputs of two generator models, then it’s wisest to ensure that your home has enough power by installing the larger generator than to underpower your home and have to turn one major appliance off in order to use another.

Maintaining Your Standby Generator

You should test your standby generator periodically to make sure that it will operate properly when you need it.  If your generator doesn’t have a test button that simulates a loss of power, then your owner’s manual should have instructions that explain how to temporarily disconnect your home from your electrical power supplier. In either case, when the power is disrupted, the generator should start within less than a minute.

In addition to testing your generator to make sure that it is operating properly, you should also check its supply of propane and its oil levels. If your standby generator comes on when you test it, then its connections to your home’s gas line are secure. If your generator uses propane or diesel fuel, you should maintain at least a three day. If your propane or diesel fuel level is down, have your tank topped off while prices are low, before demand rises and prices go up as hurricane season approaches. Check your owner’s manual or check with your generator’s manufacturer to learn what the proper oil levels are for your generator.

With these guidelines, you should be able to find the right standby generator for your home and maintain it for years.

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How to Create a Hurricane Safe Room

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Many people don’t think about creating a safe room in their home for the advent of a hurricane. While circumstances can leave some with few choices or no choice but to take refuge in a local hurricane shelter, and can give others valid reasons to stay. Anyone who lives in a low-lying area that could be flooded by torrential rain, high tides, and/or overflowing rivers, lakes, and streams created by a hurricane should do everything possible to find a way to evacuate when authorities recommend it. Drowning, after all, is the main cause of death during a hurricane.

That being said, a home that is outside of potential flood zones and that has been built with hurricane-resistant techniques and materials may be a safer alternative for some than evacuating. For example, evacuating can be a stressful experience for elderly parents or grandparents, or it may be important for a family member with health problems to remain near the health care providers who are familiar with his or her treatment and healthcare history. In such cases, building a hurricane safe room in your home adds an additional layer of reinforced protection.

Hurricane Protection Starts With Your Home’s Exterior

Hurricane resistant building techniques include the use of fasteners to anchor each part of your home to every other part of your home. The roof should be anchored to the walls and the walls should be anchored to the foundation to resist the uplift created as hurricane-force winds blow over the house. The walls should be anchored to each other to resist the horizontal force of the winds.

A standard practice for protecting homes and businesses before a hurricane is to board the windows up with plywood. If you plan to shelter in place in your home, though, rollshutters are a safer, stronger alternative. Rollshutters eliminate the worry that the plywood may sell out before you are able to purchase it. They eliminate the need to purchase new sheets of plywood each time a hurricane approaches, and the need to purchase and store sheets of plywood in advance to avoid paying exorbitantly high prices for it as a hurricane approaches. Rollshutters also eliminate the need to place more nail holes in the exterior of your home.

Choosing Your Safe Room

Your safe room should be a small, centrally located room on the first floor of your home. It should not be on an outside wall, and it should have solid walls and a solid ceiling with no windows or skylights. You should have as many walls as possible between you and the wind and any wind-borne objects, small and large. Because you will need to stay in your safe room for a number of hours and you may need space for sleeping, experts recommend that hurricane safe rooms should provide 10 square feet of floor space per person who will occupy the room.

Constructing Your Safe Room

Line the walls of your safe room with two layers of 3/4″ (1.905 cm) plywood, one with the grain running vertically and one with the grain running horizontally. For added protection, you can line the interior side of the plywood with Kevlar® or 14-gauge steel. If you nail this protective shell to a frame of 2” x 4” (5.08 cm x 10.16 cm) boards with the Kevlar® or steel facing the frame instead of the walls of your room, you can create a room within a room that has walls and a ceiling that are independent of the walls and ceiling of your home. Anchor the ceiling of this independent safe room to its walls, anchor the walls to each other, and then anchor the entire independent safe room within a safe room to the foundation of your home. Apply drywall to the side of the frame of two-by-fours that faces the interior of your safe room, and finish it as you choose.

Because you may need to remain in your safe room for multiple hours as the hurricane passes, you should install a ventilation system that exchanges air with the interior of your home at a rate of between 5 ft3/m and 15 ft3/m (cubic feet per minute) per person who will occupy the room. You will need to create an opening for that.

Finally, replace the door and doorjamb of your safe room with a stronger one. Choose a steel doorjamb and strengthen the wood in the wall surrounding the door with steel angle iron.

Choose a heavy steel door or a heavy, solid wood, exterior door to replace the lighter weight interior door. Choose a door with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt lock, or replace the door’s lock with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt. Mount the hinges so that the door opens inward so that it cannot be blocked by debris.

Before you begin installing the lock and door handle, strengthen the wood around them with either a brass or steel strike plate. You can choose either a keyless deadbolt or one that uses a key. Install the deadbolt so that it locks from inside the room. A deadbolt lock that uses a key might be the safer option if you have young children because they could lock themselves in a safe room with a keyless lock. If you choose a deadbolt that works with a key, have two keys on hand and keep them in two different in locations in your home.

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How to Reduce the Impact of Power Outages on your Business

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Business owners and management teams usually think about major disruptions such as fires, floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes to the overall continuity of business. Sometimes, smaller things like power outages can slip under the radar but are nonetheless problematic. It doesn’t matter where you are, a power outage is likely to occur at some point. Power outages are secondary consequences of the above-mentioned natural disasters, so preparing for them as an eventuality just makes sense.

Before we get to the solutions, let’s look at some of the ways that blackouts can hurt your business. A power outage notably can arrest productivity as employees just sit around waiting for the power to come back on.

In retail environments, points of sale are closed, and the incidence of theft rises as all those fail-safes are rendered useless. On top of that, your customers aren’t happy either. Even though they do know at some level that the power outage isn’t your fault, they often feel that a responsible business would have implemented measures against power outages for their shopping convenience.

It is impossible to completely allay all of the negative consequences of power outages, there are things that can be done to ensure some continuity for your customers and employees.

The first and most comprehensive measure against the ill-effects of a power outage is a backup commercial generator. Some generators run on propane, while others run on natural gas; and usually turn on automatically once the power goes out.

Employees can turn to their smartphones, which have Office 365 or whatever programs they were using before the loss of power. Most websites and all apps are mobile friendly, so the change in screen size doesn’t make much of a difference.

Saving files to the cloud is one way to ensure that there is no lost work. Another method is employing a UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply. This allows employees anywhere between 10 minutes and 1 hour to save their work and safely shut down their computers.

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How Do I Choose The Best Hurricane Shutters For My Home

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Afraid of a hurricane? You are not alone. Thankfully, there are many different ways to protect yourself and your property from this seemingly unstoppable force of nature. One of the simplest and the most aesthetically-pleasing methods is hurricane shutters. But there are so many of them on the market today. How can you choose the best solution? Let’s take a look.

  1. Consider Closing Time

When the storm hits, the shutters need to be closed and you have to do it fast. Since hurricane shutters are usually heavy and very durable in order to protect your home from the flying debris, they may take some time to close.

Depending on how many windows and doors you have in your home, the complete closing job may take up to a few hours. That’s why many people in hurricane-prone areas prefer to keep their shutters closed during the season. If you are not one of them, ask the manufacturer the approximate time it takes to close the shutters.

Talius storm shutters can be opened and closed manually or with the flick of a switch. Either way, our rollshutters can be closed in a few minutes.

  1. Look at The Price and Materials

Different types of hurricane shutters vary in pricing. However, the low cost always comes with some downsides. Most likely cheap shutters are not made out of durable enough materials. Always ask the manufacturer which materials are used. At Talius, we use aluminum for our shutters. Aluminum is one of the strongest materials, while still remaining lightweight, and easily customizable.

  1. Choose The Type

There are many different types of hurricane shutters. Each comes with its own benefits for your particular case.

  • Rollshutters

As in our case, shutters are made out of aluminum. They can be either motorized or manually operated. These shutters are not moderately priced but look very stylish. The motorized system is an advantage when you need to close shutters quickly. Hurricane shutters also act as security shutters too.

  • Bahama Shutters

These shutters are aesthetically pleasing but can be rather heavy. They act as shade when not in use. Such shutters are easy to close and can save your home from flying debris and wind. They also offer extra anti-theft protection.

  • Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters give your home a colonial look and feel, however, the may take a pretty long while to close. They provide storm and sun protection. Their major advantages are durability and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

  • Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters are one of the most affordable options while being almost as durable as its counterparts. They are light and easy to operate by one person. They somewhat lack attractive appearance but the maintenance is quick and easy.

  • Metal Shutters

Metal shutters are the most cost-efficient option. However, they need to be attached every time the storm is near and then removed when it’s gone. They also require storage space. The main advantages of these shutters are durability and price.

  1. Think About The Color

Most storm shutter options come in different colors. If you are installing permanent hurricane shutters, you need to make sure the color suits your house and preference while not going against your neighborhood’s rules.

  1. Check The Codes

When choosing which hurricane shutters to purchase, you need to make sure that they comply with construction and wind codes of your area. Sometimes, the hurricane shutters build for Texas are not suitable for Florida homes and vice versa. The manufacturer should make this information available to you upon request.

Choosing the right hurricane shutters is not an easy job. However, your safety and peace of mind are definitely worth the time you spend on research.

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How Do I Safeguard The Items I Need For The Aftermath Of A Hurricane

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If you live in certain hurricane-prone areas, you always have to be ready for one. Many people stop at securing the home from the outside. Meanwhile, protecting your belongings that are inside is just as important. Whether you leave your house to wait for the hurricane to subside or stay inside, these tips can help you weather the storm with minimal damages.

  1. Protect Important Documents

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When hurricane season comes, you have to get all of your important documents together in one place. Once the hurricane is underway, pack all the documents into a brightly colored Ziploc bag. Be realistic about what you can carry with you if you need to leave. Don’t pack any unnecessary things that can make your load too heavy. All the secondary documents should be packed in a waterproof bag and left at home.

Don’t forget to pack:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Stock certificates
  • Bank information
  • Insurance policy

 

  1. Use Rollshutters

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If you haven’t installed rollshutters yet, prior to the hurricane season is the time to do so. Rolling shutters can protect your doors and windows from the strong winds. Once the hurricane gets inside your home, it can wreak havoc. While you can protect some of the belongings, most of them are bound to be ruined. That is why protecting the weak spots in your home, such as windows, is vital.

Rolling shutters don’t just offer hurricane protection, they can serve as blinds and keep your house safe from break-ins.

  1. Adjust Your Refrigerator

Power outages are common during hurricanes. If you want to keep your food safe for as long as possible, adjust your refrigerator to the lowest settings. Put as many items as you can inside the freezer.

  1. Unplug the Appliances

If you are planning to evacuate during the hurricane, make sure to unplug all the appliances and remove the air conditioner fuses. This can keep your belongings safe during the power surges and prevent a fire.

  1. Protect Your Data

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If you have any important files on your desktop computer, make sure to copy them all to a cloud or an external drive, which you can take with you. In fact, don’t stop backing the data after the hurricane so you are always ready for a computer failure.

  1. Do Necessary Repairs

If you want to ensure your belongings stay safe inside your home, you have to reinforce your house. Before the hurricane season hits, fix the leaky roof and reinforce loose siding. Take care of all the hanging tree branches that could pose a danger for damaging your home.

  1. Clean Drains and Gutters

If you don’t want to risk roof leaks that will lead to serious property damage, make sure all the drains and gutters are cleaned so the water is properly diverted from the house.

  1. Take a Smart Approach To Storage

If you have items that you don’t use on a regular basis, take them out of your house. Consider sending them to hurricane-safe storage for the season.

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How Ready Is My Home For The Next Hurricane?

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Whether you’ve lived through a hurricane or just seen what it can do to other homes, you must be thinking about ways to protect yourself and your belongings. Some hurricanes are so powerful that all the efforts you make may be in vain. Thankfully, most of the storms don’t wipe the homes off the map. If you take the right measures, you can come through unscathed.

  1. Get The Right Shutters
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Colonial Shutters

First and foremost, you have to think about not letting the storm into your home. The doors and windows are your first line of defense. If they fail, you can say goodbye to your belongings, electronics, and furniture. Shutters allow you to reinforce doors and windows to improve hurricane protection.

  • Rollshutters – These shutters offer strong protection for high-speed winds and flying debris. They slide out and retract in a few seconds, making your hurricane preparations easier.
  • Accordion Shutters – These hurricane shutters can be closed from the inside so if the strong winds catch you unaware, you can protect yourself without going outside. These shutters have a locking mechanism for extra security.
  • Bahama Shutters – These shutters have a sleek design. They don’t just offer storm protection, they can keep the bright sunlight out while letting the breeze in. They are easy to open and close.
  • Colonial Shutters – These shutters consist of several panels that fold out to cover doors or windows. They have hinges so there is no lifting or pulling included when you need to close them quickly. They are easy to maintain and have an attractive design.
  • Storm Panels – This is a cost-efficient alternative to other types of storm shutters. They are used to protect homes against severe hurricanes. They are easy to store but require certain skills and time for installation.
  • Hurricane Fabric – This fabric offers great protection from flying debris. It’s moderately priced and easy to install. The woven fabric has a special coating that provides rain protection.

 

  1. Check The Backyard and Patio

If you know that the storm is coming, you have to clean up the area around your home. Plastic chairs, glass tables, portable fire pits, dead branches, toys, and such things are a hazard to your home during a hurricane. Bring them inside.

Even before the storm comes, you can invite a professional to check out the trees in your yard. You may not notice but some of them are a hazard. Only healthy trees are acceptable for hurricane-prone areas.

  1. Think About Insurance

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No matter how hard you try to protect your property, nature may have other plans. Consider insuring your home against wind damage and flooding. Remember, not all homeowner insurance policies include these clauses.

  1. Buy A Simple Landline Phone Unit

In the modern world, not many people believe in the power of a simple landline telephone. However, this is exactly what you need when a hurricane brings power outage and mobile signal failures. A simple telephone that connects to a landline can save the day.

  1. Cover The Air Conditioning Unit

Another weak spot in your home is the outdoor air conditioning unit. When the debris starts flying, it will be under attack. Invest in a sturdy cover to keep the unit protected. Most of the manufacturers offer such products.

  1. Invest in Surge Protection and a Backup Generator

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Power surges are just as common as power outages during a hurricane. There are many different ways to install surge protection in your home. You can either invest in built-in options or add a standalone protector to the electric panels.

A backup generator is also a good idea in case the power goes out. Even though the electric grid is built to withstand storms, it is usually affected nonetheless. Owning a generator can sometimes be pricey, but in the long run is worth it.

 

How to Reclaim Your Patio And Make It Your Own

How to Reclaim Your Patio And Make It Your Own

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Do you use the patio as a place for a barbecue when it’s warm outside? The rest of the year, it just stands there looking pretty (or not so pretty)? The patio is an important part of your property and it can be useful all year round. Everything depends on how you design it. Thankfully, there are many easy ways to get the most out of your patio. Let’s take a look.

Choose The Right Floor

If you want the patio floor to withstand the elements while looking attractive, consider interlocking stones. They are more durable than concrete and can even resist earthquakes. They are also easy to remove and replace in case you need to get to the piping or something else underneath. You can also consider permeable paving. They act as water filters to create an environmentally friendly drain.

Install Habitat Screens

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Habitat screens can turn your patio into the year-round relaxation parlor. The screens bring shade and keep insects out. They can be a wonderful solution for hot summer days and still allow for the free flow of air through your patio. These screens also don’t inhibit your view and come in fabric densities of 5%, 10%, and 45%. Meanwhile, they can keep the patio warm during the cool fall evenings. Habitat Screens definitely increase the curb appeal of your home.

Buy The Perfect Furniture

Patio furniture brings the right ambiance to the space outside your home. Tables, chairs, recliners, benches, and armchairs can make you want to spend more time on your patio. However, you have to be careful about choosing the right material:

  • Wicker – Stylish, weather-resistant, durable, and lightweight.
  • Wood – Stylish, long-lasting, durable but heavy and needs maintenance in order to avoid rotting.
  • Cast Aluminum – Lightweight and durable. Often not as stylish as other options. May not be a good choice for windy weather.
  • Wrought Iron – Durable, heavy, and age-tested material, which can be a good choice for a large patio due to its monumental appearance. Wrought means handcrafted, which makes the furniture unique.
  • Steel – Long lasting and very durable. Are quite heavy to lift (not suitable for furniture, which is often moved around) and expensive.
  • Plastic – easy to move around and can withstand the elements. Too lightweight for windy weather, not as aesthetically pleasing as other options.

Install Good Lights

Proper lighting is imperative for creating the right ambiance and adding security to your home. When it’s dark outside, only a good fixture and a bright light bulb can provide the perfect atmosphere for reading a book and having a cup of tea or coffee. Meanwhile, low energy bulbs are perfect for romantic settings. Bright lights can keep the burglars away at night while soft lights are energy efficient. The only thing limiting you when it comes to lighting is your budget.

Think About a Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. They are not hard to maintain and they manage to provide sufficient heat to keep you warm during the cold days. Outdoor fireplaces are available in electric, wood, or gas. They vary in size, color, and price. A patio fireplace can substantially extend your summer.

Why Hurricanes Are Getting Stronger

Why Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger?

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The speed and the power of tropical cyclones (also called typhoons and hurricanes, depending on the location) are getting stronger due to the factor of global warming. Scientists believe that very soon, such monster storms like Katrina in 2005 (the deadliest hurricane in US history), Harvey in 2017 (the most recent Texas disaster), and most recently Hurricane Irma will pale in comparison.

For many years, global warming fighters have been warning people about the consequences of ocean warming, including the increase in storm activity. For example, back in 1998, a research team from MIT calculated that each 1°C added to the temperature will result in a 5% storm wind speed increase.

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In 2008, scientists from FSU compared the hurricane force to the average annual temperature for the past 25 years. They found that the warmer the water is, the stronger the storms become. For 13 out of the 17 most dangerous hurricanes, the intensity increased by 31% for each 1°C of temperature increase. The scientists advised that the storm activity appeared as a result of complicated multi layered processes; however, as the temperature increased, the effect of the rest of the factors intensified and we get a big and powerful hurricane.

At the very core of the contemporary hurricane research lays the fact that excess warmth in the air or the ocean is a form of energy. The storms get their power from that energy. We don’t know whether this temperature increase leads to a rise in the number of cyclones. Some scientists believe that the number may even be going down while the power of each of them is intensifying.

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However, there is other research showing that hurricanes don’t seem to be getting stronger with time due to global warming. The variety of the different studies makes it difficult to find the truth.

What we do know is that due to global warming, the system has an excess of energy. What we don’t know is if it affects the hurricanes in some special way.

The Power Dissipation Index is the measurement of a hurricane’s intensity. The analysis of the index shows that since the 1970s, hurricane energy is growing. The hurricane speed is increasing at about two miles per hour every 10 years. While it doesn’t seem like much, such an increase can lead to unfortunate consequences. More and more intense hurricanes are damaging the planet. Some scientists believe that these hurricanes will become more and more destructive. They will last longer and lead to more frequent landfalls.

For the past 40 years, global warming fighters have been bringing scientists specific evidence that the planet is in danger. More and more studies are being conducted about the connection between hurricane intensity and global warming. Every year, the scientists get more data and humanity is getting closer and closer to the truth.

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