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Three Easy, No-brainer Solutions for Hurricane Season

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It’s never too early to start thinking about ways to protect your property for the hurricane season. Before you know it, June will be here and we always advocate for early action to safeguard your greatest investments. According to New Orleans Legal, the cost of “moderate” wind damage from a hurricane was approximately US$10,000 following Category Four Hurricane Ida which made landfall in Louisiana in 2021. This included damage to the windows, roof, porch, and siding.

Hurricane seasons within the last decade have demonstrated the need for a plan of action, which for many includes safeguarding their properties. At Talius Caribbean, we specialize in manufacturing the region’s best hurricane solutions.

Why Talius Caribbean’s Solutions?

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to the detrimental impacts of Climate Change. This has included stronger storms and hurricanes which last longer over land. For over 20 years, Talius Caribbean has maintained its reputation of safeguarding the region, one hurricane protection solution at a time. Here are three easy, no-brainer products to consider for the upcoming hurricane season.

Rollshutters

Rollshutters are synonymous with superior hurricane protection solutions because they protect your windows from flying debris as well as heavy winds and rains. Our rollshutters are manufactured from high-quality aluminium, making them lightweight yet the ideal storm solution. They can be used for commercial, residential, and institutional applications. Whether you choose interior or exterior applications, you will have peace of mind knowing the contents of your home are safe.

Bahama and Colonial Shutters

Though Bahama and Colonial Shutters are different solutions, they are often likened for their excellent hurricane protection and decorative appeal. The main difference is the placement of the hinge system, where the hinges on Bahama shutters are at the top and those on Colonial Shutters are placed at the side. This makes them both extremely easy to operate, which is essential when bad weather is impending. The shutters shield your home from high winds and rains as well as long-term water damage caused by flooding.

Storm Panels

It is a known fact that many people turn to plywood for a quick fix when a hurricane is approaching. Why take the gamble with your property when solutions like our Storm Panels exist? Storm panels are a cost-effective way to safeguard your home from extreme weather events. They provide maximum protection and are the most effective, removable solutions when compared to others. Our clear panels are easy to handle, easy to store, and allow natural light into your space.

Bonus Product: Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters have become a popular solution for hurricane protection. As the name suggests, the shutters open like an instrument and fold compactly to either side of the door. Accordion shutters are not only sturdy but affordable which is a key selling point. Best of all, they are very easy to operate.

How can you get started?

At Talius Caribbean, we help you choose the best solutions to fit the needs of your home or business. All of our products are fully customizable.

Contact us today to get started on your hurricane protection plan.

 

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What’s the Difference Between Bahama and Colonial Shutters

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At Talius Caribbean, we offer the ultimate window solutions because we believe that your property is your most valuable asset. The best way to protect your asset is with sturdy and durable window shutters. Luckily, our Bahama and Colonial shutters also add the stylish element you desire to maintain an aesthetic appeal. Bahama and Colonial shutters are often paired because they are manufactured similarly, so what is the real difference between them?

Bahama Shutters

If you live along the coast and want to add a tropical touch to your home, Bahama shutters are the way to go. These louvered shutters are typically propped open at a 45-degree angle, and each louver is angled to deflect intense sunlight while allowing for a free flow of breeze into your home.

Bahama shutters are permanently mounted on the outside of your home and when closed, they transform any room into a fortress. Best of all, they are easy to operate and can be customized completely by design and color.

Why should I invest in Bahama shutters?

Bahama shutters are designed to combat extreme weather events

They provide extensive hurricane protection and given that the hinges are on the top of the shutter, it’s easy to close them if there is bad weather impending. In the long term, your home will be shielded from water damage or the potential of flooding.

Bahama shutters allow for light control and keep your space cool

Light control is key because the sun’s UV rays can cause fading of furniture and decor. If there is a specific room that gets a lot of sunlight, a Bahama shutter is the best solution. Additionally, when our experts install your Bahama shutters, they will be angled in the best way possible for air to circulate properly throughout your home. Once your environment is cool, there is no need for expensive cooling solutions, thus leading to savings on your energy bill.

Bahama shutters help you maintain privacy

Who doesn’t love the comfort of privacy in their own home? Even when Bahama shutters are open, the slanted angle ensures that no one can see into your home.

Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters seamlessly integrate into any architectural style because of their decorative appeal. Unlike Bahama shutters, the hinge system is placed at the side and operation requires little to no effort. When created with multiple panels, you have complete control of the shutters as each panel can be operated individually. Colonial shutters can be installed on the interior or exterior of your home.

The shutters are compliant with the highest building codes, and the hinge system combined with the quality of manufacturing means you have a long-term, durable solution.

Why should I invest in Colonial shutters?

Colonial shutters can withstand extreme weather events

These shutters offer protection against flying debris, high winds, storms, and hurricanes. They are ideal for both commercial and residential properties.

Colonial shutters are easy to maintain

Low-maintenance solutions are always preferred by homeowners, and colonial shutters are easy to keep clean! Whether internal or external colonial shutters, there is no challenge in maintaining the clean, decorative appeal.

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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? 

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How Do You Survive A Category 5 Hurricane?

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When you think of a hurricane, your mind may not jump to the likelihood of a category 5 hurricane. Yet with the intensity of activity in the Atlantic Ocean caused by climate change, a category five hurricane may not be so far away. Since 1924, there have been 37 category five hurricanes recorded, with the latest in the Caribbean, being Hurricane Dorian which wreaked havoc on The Bahamas in 2019. In order to prepare a plan of survival, an understanding of category five hurricanes is needed.

About Cat 5 Hurricanes 

Category five hurricanes are the highest classification of hurricanes, with wind speeds of over 157mph. They are most likely form in September, as it has been deemed the heart of the season. They tend not to last longer than 24 hours; however, Hurricane Dorian was a rare example where the power over land extended to 27 hours. Hurricanes of this nature are likely to bring storm surges, extreme battering waves, extreme winds, and torrential downpours. 

How Do I Prepare For a Category 5 Hurricane?

It is in fact difficult to prepare both mentally and physically for such a life altering experience, yet the typical precautions are effective with a greater focus on being self-sufficient in the aftermath. 

  • Stock up on water (by the gallon) to ensure your household has access to fresh drinking water. Drinking tap water after a hurricane could be detrimental to your health as it is compromised by floodwater and mud.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items and toiletries for the family and even pets to survive during and after the hurricane. This could be as much as a month’s supply. Should you still have perishable foods in the refrigerator and freezer, use them first before consuming the non-perishable items.
  • Invest in hurricane shutters to protect your doors and windows from the onslaught of flying debris.
  • Create a thorough evacuation plan for your family, this may include a hotel reservation. Persons living in coastal areas will be required to evacuate from their homes. If you reside in flood-prone areas, it is wise to become familiar with hurricane shelters. Keeping a packed bag for evacuation is also recommended
  • Gas the car and buy extra supplies of gas to ensure you can travel in case of evacuation. However, after the hurricane has passed, no travel is advised in floodwaters that may be electrically charged. 
  • Get Cash and Store in waterproof containers: Telecommunications and electricity will be severely impacted by strong winds and rains. Withdrawing and saving a stash of cash in a secure location can assist in financing yourself and your family in the aftermath. Important documents should also be stored in waterproof containers
  • Invest in LED lights, lanterns, and backup batteries that can be used during and after the hurricane until power is restored. A battery-operated or crank radio would be essential in keeping you up to date with any changes in the weather
  • Tree trimming will be essential to reduce the chance of them falling on your home. Store some of the wood from the tree bark to assist in making a fire afterward for warmth
  • Check up on your insurance before the hurricane: this allows you to know how much coverage you have for your home.
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Study Finds Hurricanes Lasting Longer Over Land

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Global warming has significantly intensified the strength of hurricanes forming in the Atlantic. The warmer oceans release large amounts of heat that condensates and becomes the optimal place for hurricanes to form. The temperature in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea ranges between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, with temperatures above 27 degrees Celsius deemed essential conditions for the formation of weather events.

The changing patterns observed for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season have even led experts to suggest an extension of the season until 2021. With more than 25 named storms since June, there’s no doubt that climate change is making an impact. But did you know that in addition to the increased activity, hurricanes are now lasting longer over land? 

In 2012, Physicist Pinaki Chakraborty moved to Okinawa, Japan just ahead of a typhoon that hit the island after forming in the Pacific. Its unusually violent nature piqued his curiosity as to how climate change has made hurricanes more destructive, leading him to conduct a study. In the initial stages, prevailing models were used to explain the evolution of landfalling hurricanes; but they failed to account for increased moisture hurricanes now store, which contributes to hurricanes lasting longer over land,

Chakraborty and his coauthor of “Slower decay of landfalling hurricanes in a warming world,” Lin Li used four models to simulate a hurricane moving inland. The temperature was adjusted beneath each storm. An analysis of data revealed that hurricanes from 50 years ago were likely to weaken by 75% within a day of landfall. Today, the weakening of a storm only occurs by 50% because storms now carry more moisture over land thus taking longer to decay. 

The trend that emerged from the results spoke to the impact of warmer oceans on the movement of hurricanes. Chakraborty explained, “If you have higher sea surface temperatures, you have more moisture in the hurricane, and the more the moisture, the slower the decay because moisture is fueling a slower decay.” 

Other researchers have concurred with the findings such as James Kossin, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “They make a compelling case that this is related to warmer ocean temperatures, and these can, in turn, be linked to climate change,” he said. 

Chakraborty and Lin Li’s research predicted that storms which recently caused destruction across the U.S Gulf Coast are simply an indication of what is to come. 

In October 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in Georgie causing billions of dollars in damage in economic damage. What researchers found to be interesting, was that at approximately 140 miles inland, the hurricane produced intense winds. Extensive damage was done to crops and residential buildings. The study made reference to the slow yet forceful movement of Hurricane Michael to indicate that they are expected to last longer inland, as they are no longer confined to coastal areas. 

The study has been a step forward in showing how countries need to adapt to the evolving hurricane patterns, especially inland communities. Matters of building codes and protection of crops need to be prioritized for the livelihood of citizens ahead of impact.