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10 Ways You Can Help Protect The Earth

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Every day we are reminded that climate change is real. Whether it be the extreme heat or seemingly haphazard weather events, there are certainly many changes unfolding before our very eyes. You may be wondering if your role in protecting the earth even matters when considering the bigger picture. Don’t be dismayed, here are 10 ways you can play a part to protect the earth.

Conserve Water

Droughts are among the most prevalent challenges facing the Caribbean, so it is especially important to conserve water. Did you know that showers account for approximately 30% of the water used indoors? Taking shorter showers and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes are ways to conserve water.

Start a Compost

Do you have a garden at home or maybe know someone with a garden? Creating a compost of organic materials will serve you well, by helping the plants to grow. A compost requires three main ingredients: browns (e.g dead leaves), greens (e.g vegetable waste), and water. Composting helps to reduce waste that is emitted from the harmful greenhouse gas, methane.

Invest in LED Lights

LED lights have been proven to be more energy efficient and generate less heat than incandescent light bulbs. They are also long-lasting, with up to 30,000 hours of usage.

Eat Sustainably

Large-scale food production accounts for about 25% of greenhouse gases emitted globally. Consuming more fresh fruit and vegetables alongside whole grains is not only good for you but the earth too.

Say NO to Plastic

With as many as five trillion plastic bags being used across the world annually, it is safe to say no to plastic, especially single-use plastic. Though a number of bans have been implemented on plastic bags, play your part by saying no to plastic in all forms. Investing in a reusable bag will be helpful when you go shopping or a reusable straw for dining.

Save Energy

It’s as simple as turning off the lights in an empty room! There are several ways to save energy, but it’s first important to understand the breakdown of your energy bill. Once you know how your energy is being used, you can begin to plan how to decrease your home’s overall usage. Investing in energy-efficient appliances, washing at colder temperatures, using solar-powered devices, and unplugging devices when not in use are ways to save energy.

Recycle and Upcycle

High waste disposal is the main reason for overcrowded landfills. Here’s where recycling and even upcycling come in. Recycling items such as cans and bottles will contribute to waste reduction. Upcycling is another creative way of reducing waste by making old items even more valuable than before e.g turning a can into a plant pot.

Thrifting

Thrifting has become a popular way to shop in a more eco-friendly manner. Did you know that it tastes hundreds of gallons of water to make a single T-shirt? Shopping secondhand is not only limited to clothes but furniture, toys, and even cars.

Use Fewer Chemicals

Opt to use fewer chemicals in your everyday life. From garden maintenance products to beauty products, these chemicals are harmful to our environment. Natural soaps and fertilizers (like compost) are a good way to start.

Volunteer

Giving your time to an environmental agency or non-governmental organization is a good way to be the change you want to see. Getting involved in a simple beach clean-up or assisting with a campaign on the ground are great volunteer opportunities.

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What are Hurricanes Caused By?

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The Hurricane Season is upon us once again, with forecasts showing above-normal activity for 2022. While we often hear the message of preparedness and how climate change is intensifying hurricane activity, have you ever thought about what causes hurricanes?

Look no further, let’s dive into all things hurricane.

What is a Hurricane?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration simply explains that a hurricane is a tropical cyclone – a type of storm – which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system with organized thunderstorms but no fronts (the boundary separating two air masses of different densities).

Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic basin comprising the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the eastern North Pacific Ocean, and on a lesser scale the central North Pacific Ocean. A storm has officially upgraded to a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph.

What causes Hurricanes?

Hurricanes thrive on warmth in every sense, which is why global warming has been a driver for above-normal activity each season. Warm water, moist warm air, and light upper-level winds converge to create hurricanes. According to Earth Eclipse, here is how a hurricane forms in the ocean:

Hurricanes begin to form when masses of warm, moist air from oceans’ surfaces rise quickly and collide with masses of cooler air. The collision prompts warm water vapor to condense, leading to the formation of storm clouds and dropping back as rain.

As the process goes on, more warm moist air is attracted into the mounting storm, and much more heat is moved from the ocean surface to the atmosphere. This constant heat exchange develops a wind pattern that spins around the center that mimics water spinning down a drain.

If conditions remain the same, the rotating storm will continue to get powerful, eventually becoming a hurricane. As the hurricane continues to strengthen, a clear circular opening at the center known as the eye forms.
The strongest winds occur near the eye, which means the winds get strong as you approach the eye. The eye wall is the area surrounding the eye, and it has much stronger winds than the eye. When a stronger hurricane develops, winds can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. If the storms lose energy, it means they have reached cooler waters or hit the shores, and they start to weaken and eventually die off.
There are three main stages winds transition through as storms develop into hurricanes:
1. Tropical depression: Wind speeds below 38 mph or 61.15 kph
2. Tropical Storm: Winds speeds ranging from 39 mph to 73 mph or 62.76 kph to 117.48 kph
3. Hurricane: Winds speed over 74 mph or 119.09 kph
What makes up a Hurricane?
1. The Eye is the core of the hurricane, with an average diameter of 20-40 miles. The inside of the eye is characterized by calm winds, clear skies, and low air pressure.
2. The Eye Wall surrounds the eye and harbors the most powerful and destructive winds. The heaviest rains are formed at the eye wall.
3. Rain Bands are a collection of dense clouds which form a spiral around the eye wall. They are responsible for the pinwheel resemblance of hurricanes. The bands average 50-300 miles.

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Why Retractable Screens Are Still a Good Investment

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Retractable Screens are the ideal addition that you need for your home. Their versatility has made them a leader in the market because of their impressive features.  Let’s look at why these screens are a good investment.

What are Retractable Screens?

Simply put, retractable screens are made from see-through fabric with a range of wave densities, and they retract into an overhead panel. Talius Caribbean’s Habitat Screens are premium retractable screens that provide additional privacy and comfort in your home.

Habitat Screens are applied to the exterior of windows which have a range of benefits that we will explore, however they are also excellent options for expanding your living space. They can be used around your patio, gazebo, for a balcony enclosure and so much more. Best of all, these screens can be easily integrated into your home and are easily operated either with manual or motorized controls.

Why should I invest in Retractable Screens? 

Habitat Screens keep the bugs outside!

Have you been looking for a long-lasting solution to keep away insects? Sprays and candles can disrupt the natural atmosphere but Habitat Screens are the perfect solution for your problem. In addition to the fabric of the screen, the unique edge retention system acts as an extra barrier for bugs.

Your view remains the same with extra protection from the sun

At Talius Caribbean, we say ‘Block the sun, not your view,’ and this is true of Habitat Screens. The fabric is available in wave densities of 5%, 10%, and 40%, which allow for a clear view of the outside. The screens are designed to absorb the sun’s heat and glare before it reaches your window. This mitigates against the sun’s harsh UV rays, known to discolor decor and furniture over time.

Habitat Screens are Energy Efficient

There is a great duality between Habitat Screens and sun protection. As the screens absorb the sun’s heat and create a cooler environment, you are also likely to save on energy costs. A reduction in energy use is one way of reducing your overall carbon footprint.

Habitat Screens can be an attractive element to your curb appeal

With any solution, you want to ensure that it harmonizes with your home. Habitat Screens will blend in seamlessly with the aesthetic of your home.

Habitat Screens are affordable solutions

When looking to make changes to your home, affordability is a key factor to consider as you aim to stay within a predetermined budget. Retractable Screens have been classed among the more affordable solutions and the benefits certainly prove they are worth every penny.

Habitat Screens have a transformative power for your outdoor space

Habitat Screens are more than just incredible solutions for your windows, in fact, they are used to expand the outdoor living space in many creative ways. Imagine creating the sunroom of your dreams, which is comfortable and bug-free.

Habitat Screens are still a great investment in 2022 because they offer an array of benefits at an affordable price point. Energy efficiency, an insect-free atmosphere, sun protection and more are all the reasons to make an investment today!

What To Do in a Hurricane

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A hurricane is one of the most frightful events to experience in anyone’s lifetime. No matter how much you stock up on supplies or prepare your home and family, the experience is like no other. Many people know what to do before and after a hurricane, but what do you actually do during its passage?

Before a hurricane passes it is critical to think about your safety at home because this could mean that you have to evacuate to keep your family safe. 

Evacuation

If you are worried that your home is not the safest place to be during a hurricane, it is best to evacuate before the hurricane. Reasons for evacuation may include:

  • If your home is on the coast, near a river or an inland waterway
  • If you reside in a high-rise building because hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations

Staying Safe During an Evacuation

If you are given the directive to evacuate from your home, here are a few key considerations for your home and pets during the hurricane:

  • Take your emergency supply kit with you, any additional items must be important for your stay at the shelter
  • Unplug all appliances before leaving home. Turning off the gas, electricity, and water can mitigate against a fire or gas leak during the hurricane. 
  • Choose to travel on roads that have been approved by emergency personnel in your country
  • Contact your national disaster office to learn about how your pets and livestock can be accommodated, as pets are not typically allowed in emergency shelters. Consider researching animal shelters nearby for accommodation. 

Staying Safe at Home

If you remain at home during a hurricane, here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Locate your emergency supply kit and keep it closeby 
  • Stay connected: Updates from the media will allow you to keep abreast of what is happening. It is better to rely on a portable radio for information and instructions than social media as electricity is likely lost. 
  • Stay indoors: For your safety, it is advised that you stay inside until the all-clear is given. Stay clear of windows and glass doors especially if they are not protected by a hurricane solution. If you have a safe area in your homes like a closet or downstairs bathroom, stay there as long as possible.
  • In the event that electricity is lost, keep the refrigerator closed. Trapping this cool air will delay the spoilage of perishable foods. 
  • If power is also lost, turning off the main power supply to your home mitigates against circuit trips that could be hazardous to your home and appliances
  • Ensure to check for any water entering your home that could come into contact with your appliances. 
  • Keep a flashlight handy with extra batteries. Avoid lighting candles or kerosene lights that can easily create a fire hazard.

It is essential that you take every precaution to stay safe during a hurricane. Though the experience is nerve-wracking, feeling prepared will help to ground you and your family during the passage of the hurricane.

Hurricane Preparedness in Barbados: A Step-by-Step Guide

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It’s never too early to start preparing for the hurricane season. As more climate-related changes unfold before our eyes globally, each hurricane season is becoming more intense than the last. If you are in Barbados and experienced the passage of Hurricane Elsa in July 2021, you might have taken away a few lessons on hurricane preparation. 

At Talius Caribbean, we value preparedness especially as the region remains vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. Our comprehensive guide on hurricane preparedness will help you to ensure all bases are covered to guarantee the safety of your family. 

Make a Comprehensive Plan

Creating an emergency plan for the hurricane season is critical, to document all necessary resources and actions to be taken beforehand. Ask yourself the following as you put pen to paper:

  • What will your family do in the event that basic utilities like power and water are lost for an extended period of time?
  • If evacuation is required, what is the best route to get to the nearest shelter and what supplies will you need to keep your family safe?
  • How can you stay connected to national alerts?
  • Do you have to make provisions for pets and livestock?
  • How can you plan for children, elderly or disabled members of your household?

Once you have created your plan, it should be easily accessible by all members of the family. Have a sit down with each family member, and give special attention to children as they will need extra guidance on what can potentially happen during a hurricane.

Build Your Emergency Supplies

The worst time to curate an emergency supplies kit is just before a hurricane makes landfall. This is when you will face difficulty in securing all items needed, as you would be caught in the last-minute rush with others. Here is a list of items that can make up your emergency kit:

  1. Water: one gallon per person for several days to cover both consumption and sanitation. Ensure that drinking water is stored in clean bottles and kept covered to avoid contamination. 
  2. Food: non-perishable items that are easy to prepare should be purchased. A 3-day supply in evacuation and a 2-week supply for the home is recommended
  3. A 7-day supply of medicine of both prescription and non-prescription medicines 
  4. A first aid kit
  5. Masks, personal sanitizers, and personal hygiene items such as feminine items, moist towelettes, garbage bags
  6. Extra cash because ATM services are likely to be disrupted
  7. Extra fuel for the car and generators 
  8. A battery-operated radio and extra batteries for all battery-operated devices
  9. Chargers for all electronic devices
  10. Copies of important documents such as – prescriptions and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, passports, and insurance policies. These should be stored in a waterproof area and can be in both physical and digital copies. 
  11. Multi-purpose tools, wrench, or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  12. A sleeping bag and/or warm blankets for each person
  13. Baby items: infant formula, diapers, bottles wipes
  14. Pet food and water
  15. Fire extinguisher
  16. Matches in a waterproof container
  17. Change of clothes and sturdy shoes should evacuation be required

Hurricane Protection

At Talius Caribbean, we offer a range of hurricane solutions guaranteed to help you save money on glass replacement, protect the contents of your home and harmonize with the curb appeal of your property. Before the season starts, conduct an assessment of your home and determine how your windows and doors can be reinforced with protection solutions. Take a look at what is offered in Barbados:

Rollshutters

The leading solution in hurricane protection is the rollshutter. Its strength and durability make it the ultimate solution to protect your home from flying debris. This retractable shutter fits also neatly into an overhead panel box. 

Accordion Shutters

Accordion Shutters have gained popularity from their ease of use and excellent hurricane protection capabilities. Homeowners with second-story openings will reap the benefits of installing this shutter, as it folds compactly to either side of an opening and can be closed from the inside. 

Bahama Shutters

Bahama Shutters are superior hurricane protection solutions that add a tropical feel to the outside of your home. When opened, the slats in the shutter allow natural light to enter the room and can be closed providing storm protection without heavy lifting and tools. 

Storm Panels 

Traditional plywood is often seen as a last-minute fix before a hurricane comes. However, Talius’ storm panels are a trusted alternative that is easy to handle and store while allowing natural light to enter your space. These strong, cost-effective panels can also be used to keep wind and rain outside of your outdoor living space.

Hurricane Fabric

Another cost-effective option to safeguard your property is Hurricane Fabric, made from geo-synthetic PVC material. The fabric has been proven to act as a barrier against projectile objects and rain and can be easily removed and stored after a hurricane has passed.

Colonial Shutters 

With our Colonial Shutters, functionality meshes with decorative appeal. The shutters are made from multiple panels that can fold out to cover large openings and are hinged which allows them to be closed without heavy lifting. Best of all, they are virtually maintenance-free which means efficiency and convenience are added value. 

Standby Power

Electricity is one of the first utilities impacted when a hurricane makes landfall. The tricky part is, that you do not know when it will be restored. Talius Caribbean offers the best standby power on the market, as Generac Generators are a household name in the industry. Residential generators can be either manual or automatic, and once the loss of power is detected they switch on. The capacity of these generators ranges from 5.6 kVA to 13 kVA, and a representative from our team can assist you with finding the best generator for your home. 

Know Your Shelters

Finally, it is wise to take note of the emergency shelters on the island in the event that you are advised to evacuate from home. Emergency shelters in Barbados are divided into two categories: 

  • Category 1 Shelters may be used during a hurricane or other hazard event
  • Category 2 Shelters may be used if they are still in a reasonable condition after a hazardous event or disaster.

Here are a few things to remember should you have to evacuate from home:

  • Leave during daylight and avoid flooded roads
  • Ensure your family members are fed before you evacuate
  • No pets are allowed in any of the shelters 
  • Take small valuables inclusive of identification and travel light

Preparing for a hurricane may seem like a daunting task, however, making an early start and breaking down the process into manageable steps will ensure that you are ready for what lies ahead. 

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How Should You Prepare for a Hurricane in Advance?

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It is never wise to wait until a hurricane watch or warning to prepare. In fact, you will compete with many other persons looking to do the best they can at the last minute. Though early forecasts are made of the hurricane season. There is still a level of uncertainty as to when a storm or hurricane will come and how destructive it will be. Here are some ways to prepare for a hurricane in advance:

Make a Preparedness Plan

Nothing beats a well-thought-out plan that guides your household should there be a hurricane or a tropical storm. Rather than making decisions based on panic, having a plan will guide the following as you prepare for a hurricane:

  1. Emergency supplies needed for your household
  2. Family and national emergency contacts in case you need to reach them
  3. Evacuation procedures: the nearest shelters should be located along with knowledge of shelter procedures (COVID-19 considerations), supplies needed at the shelter, and the best route to get there considering potential road damage

Talking with your children about hurricanes is also important in planning. They should have a general idea of what can happen during a hurricane and know their roles in the family plan.

Store Essential Supplies for your Family

Emergency supplies are critical because you never know how long you will be forced to live without essential utilities. Your supplies should be constantly updated should your needs change, and they should be kept in a safe place. In case evacuation is required, have a bag of core items ready, to keep your family safe and healthy. Here are some considerations for your emergency supplies:

  1. Water: one gallon per person for several days to cover both consumption and sanitation. Ensure that drinking water is stored in clean bottles and kept covered to avoid contamination. 
  2. Food: non-perishable items that are easy to prepare should be purchased. A 3-day supply in evacuation and a 2-week supply for the home is recommended
  3. A 7-day supply of medicine of both prescription and nonprescription medicines 
  4. A first aid kit
  5. Sanitation and personal hygiene items such as feminine items, moist towelettes, garbage bags
  6. Extra cash because ATM services are likely to be disrupted
  7. Extra fuel for the car and generators 
  8. A battery-operated radio and extra batteries for all battery-operated devices
  9. Chargers for all electronic devices
  10. Copies of important documents such as – prescriptions and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, passports, insurance policies. These should be stored in a waterproof area and can be in both physical and digital copies. 
  11. Multi-purpose tools, wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  12. A sleeping bag and/or warm blankets for each person
  13. Baby items: infant formula, diapers, bottles wipes
  14. Pet food and water
  15. Fire extinguisher
  16. Matches in a waterproof container
  17. Change of clothes and sturdy shoes should evacuation be required 

Your family should know where the emergency supplies are, and a similar kit should be built for employees stationed at your business during a hurricane.

Prepare your Property

Do not leave it to chance that your home or business is structurally sound, hurricane winds can be as strong as 157MPH thus taking anything in its path. Take the following precautions: 

 

  • Check on your insurance policies to understand your coverage
  • Trim trees around your property 
  • Inspect the condition of your roof and window shutters

 

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What is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale?

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Hurricane categories are rated by wind speed using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This is hurricane-specific and does not factor in the impact of hazards like storm surges and rainfall flooding. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is an efficient measure of property damage caused by hurricane winds. 

Origin of the Scale

The scale was created in 1969 at the request of the World Meteorological Organization by two meteorologists, one of whom was a director of the National Hurricane Centre. The goal was to clearly classify hurricanes by wind speed, to determine potential population and infrastructure damage. The scale only applies to certain basins, one of which is the Atlantic and the wind speed is tested over a period of a minute using the scale to categorize a hurricane. 

Evolution of the Scale

Weather patterns have significantly shifted since 1969, and climate change is fueling the strong hurricanes and tropical storms being formed in the Atlantic. The 2005 hurricane season which saw the likes of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Tropical Storm Ivan in Grenada was pivotal in raising questions about the classification system. Though there were suggestions to have a sixth category, minor changes were made by the NHC to categories 3, 4, and 5. 

Here is a breakdown of the hurricane scale from the National Hurricane Centre/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Category Sustained Winds Type of Damage 
1 74-95 mph

64-82 kt

119-153 km/h

Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed homes could have damage to the roof and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
2 96-110 mph

83-95 kt

154-177 km/h

Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
3

(major)

111-129 mph

96-112 kt

178-208 km/h

Devastating damage will occur: Well-built homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
4

(major)

130-156 mph

113-136 kt

209-251 km/h

Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months
5

(major) 

157 mph or higher

137 kt or higher

Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas

 

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What are the Storm Names for 2021?

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With just a few weeks into the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the predictions of above-normal activity are proving to be true. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) released the storm names for the season. They are: 

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

The NOAA gave its prediction with 70% confidence of a range from 13 to 20 named storms this season, winds 39MPH or more. Six to 10 of the storms could become hurricanes with winds 74MPH or higher and 3 to 5 major hurricanes (categories 3-5) are expected with winds 111MPH or more. 

Following last year’s heightened activity which resulted in all the storm names being used, a supplemental list was created by the World Meteorological Organization to avoid the use of the Greek alphabet. The names are: 

Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma, Heath, Isla, Jacobus, Kenzie, Lucio, Makayla, Nolan, Orlanda, Pax, Ronin, Sophie, Tayshaun, Viviana, and Will.

How many names have been used so far?

Tropical Storm Ana got the ball rolling on May 22, 2021, when she headed northeast of Bermuda, but luckily did not make landfall. Tropical Storm Ana’s formation marked the seventh year that a system formed before the official June 1 commencement date. Ana was said to “barely hold” as a tropical storm but gave insight into what is to come.

A hurricane in July?

The peak of the hurricane season which starts in August is traditionally thought of as the time when hurricanes are most likely to form. However, Hurricane Elsa made landfall in Barbados on July 2, 2021, as the first hurricane to hit the island since 1955. 

Hurricane Elsa was upgraded to a category one Hurricane during her passage over Barbados. The NHC had forecast 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) of rain with a maximum of 15 inches (38 cm) across the Windward and the southern Leeward Islands including Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Loss of power, water, and devastation caused by winds over 70MPH impacted Barbados. 

Hurricane Elsa’s early formation made her the earliest fifth named storm of any Atlantic Hurricane Season on record, outdoing the record set by Edouard on July 5, 2020. From 1991 to 2020, the average date for a fifth storm was August 18. It was only during eight seasons that the fifth storm did not occur until September (The Weather Channel) 

What does this mean for the rest of the season?

One might think that Ana’s formation before the official start of the season and Elsa’s impact might be an indicator of what is to come. Although the season is predicted to be above normal, there is no correlation between storms or hurricanes occurring in June and July and the overall season activity. 

While there is no telling how the rest of the reason will unfold, preparedness is key for what comes next.

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How Do I Prepare My House for the Hurricane Season?

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Is your home ready for the hurricane season?

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season got underway on June 1 and the best way to safeguard your loved ones is to prepare early. Hurricanes can produce a range of hazardous conditions including heavy rainfall, storm surges, mudslides, and floods. Taking control of your safety should not be left until the last minute, here are some ways to be proactive this season:

Secure Your Home

Conducting an assessment of your home can reveal areas that need to be protected before a hurricane comes. This can include a roof inspection which may lead to roof clips and window shutters. As a leading company in storm protection solutions, Talius offers the following for hurricane protection:

  1. Rollshutters: When you think of hurricane solutions, you think of rollshutters because of their ability to withstand high wind speeds and heavy rains. They are retractable and are a viable long-term investment even beyond the hurricane season. 
  2. Accordion Shutters: These have become popular for giving superior protection, with locking mechanisms for greater enforcement. Just like an accordion, these shutters fold compactly on either side of a door.
  3. Bahama Shutters: Bahama shutters combine the true tropical feel with maximum protection, through a series of slats that are debris resistant when closed. They are great for last-minute preparation because they are easy to secure without tools. 
  4. Colonial Shutters: These decorative yet effective shutters are constructed out of panels that fold to cover large openings, and can be open or closed without heavy lifting. 
  5. Storm Panels: Rather than leaving the fate of your windows to plywood, an investment in our clear storm panels assures durability during the storm and easy removal after. 
  6. Hurricane Fabric: Another popular alternative to traditional window shutters and panels is hurricane fabric. Made from coated geo-synthetic PVC material, the fabric acts as a barrier to rain and flying objects. 

Check Your Gutters

Before a hurricane comes, grab a ladder or call a professional to clean your gutters. By cleaning your gutters of existing debris, you can help to reduce the amount of damage to your roof, as well as the amount of water that seeps into your home. 

Check on the condition of your gutters, any cracks or broken pieces can stop gutters from fulfilling their purpose. It is also recommended that you add some pressure to the gutters, to ensure they are secure 

Clean the Clutter

Take a walk around your home and identify any items that can be swept up in strong winds and potentially damage your home and others. Lightweight items like patio furniture and plants can be placed inside, while heavier items would have to be secured. 

Verify Insurance Coverage

Contact your Insurance Officer to get an idea of what is covered under your insurance policy. Should your home be damaged, you would already know how the insurance company would assist. Keep a digital copy of the policy, and a physical copy in a safe place. 

Trim the Trees

Remove trees with multiple trunks which become dangerous as they grow. Trim branches which can come in contact with the building during the hurricane. Dispose of branches properly to avoid them being picked up by strong winds.

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Can 2 Hurricanes Join Together?

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Of all the things you may have anticipated to see today, the convergence of two hurricanes is certainly not one of them. Meteorologists and other climate experts attribute the strange phenomenon of today’s atmosphere to climate change, but can two hurricanes actually join together? The movies The Perfect Storm (2000) and 500 MPH (2013) have insinuated that should hurricanes collide, there will be a catastrophic result but this is far from the truth. 

Is this just a wild thought?

The concept is not far-fetched, in fact, in 1921 Japanese meteorologist Sakuhei Fujiwhara posited the “Fujiwhara Effect.” It is a rare phenomenon and according to the National Weather Service:

“When two hurricanes spinning in the same direction pass close enough to each other, they begin an intense dance around their common center. If one hurricane is a lot stronger than the other, the smaller one will orbit it and eventually come crashing into its vortex to be absorbed. Two storms closer in strength can gravitate towards each other until they reach a common point and merge, or merely spin each other around for a while before shooting off on their own paths. In rare occasions, the effect is additive when the hurricanes come together, resulting in one larger storm instead of two smaller ones.”

This means that if two cyclones pass within 900 miles of each other, they can start to orbit and the size of the storm determines what happens next. If two storms get within 190 miles of each other, they can merge (Insider 2020). It may not be as fascinating as a super hurricane but at least a super hurricane will not impact the Caribbean.

Has this happened before?

The Fujiwhara Effect has occurred in the Caribbean, where Tropical Storm Iris got tangled with Hurricane Humberto around the Windward Islands in 1995. They circled each other because Iris became a hurricane and Humberto was consumed. A week later, Hurricane Iris engulfed Tropical Storm Karen which was much weaker. 

The 2017 Hurricane Season was not just infamous for Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but Hurricane Hilary and soon-to-be Hurricane Irwin in the Eastern Pacific Ocean had a fatal tango of their own. The centers of both hurricanes become close, approximately 400 miles apart, which is when the Fujiwhara Effect came into play. Irwin was formed further south; after being stalled over 24 hours it was pulled up north, circled Hilary in an anticlockwise movement, and led to Hilary being weakened. They rotated around each other, merged, and then weakened in cooler water. 

This year, between April 7 and 9, Tropical Storm Seroja impacted the West Australian coast, and Tropical Storm Odette positioned south, moved around Seroja. It approached the center down to a distance of below 1,400km and on April 9, the distance fell to 500km. Although this caused them both to slow down, Seroja gained more strength and subsequently engulfed Odette. 

What does this mean for the future?

Luckily there is no chance that hurricanes will join forces and create one super hurricane. The Fujiwhara Effect can occur in the future, the question is when?