When hurricanes strike they leave behind mass destruction in their wake. Whenever it happens in the US, the suffering state usually takes anywhere between months to years in recouping the financial losses. The costs are felt long after the flood waters have receded, the broken power poles have been repaired, uprooted trees removed, roads cleared, sanitation returned, and industry gets back to normal again. A curious fact is that the deadliest hurricanes that caused maximum damage to life are not usually amongst the most expensive ones. Factors such as day of the week, place of landfall, time of the year, whether the hurricane made landfall during high tide.
·At number one is Katrina which hit New Orleans in 2005. It caused damage upwards of $200 billion, which is more than the GDP of probably half the countries on earth. The amount is two-thirds of the stimulus package of $287 billion that Obama has announced; the figure is THAT huge. Katrina is one of the three category five storms to have ever hit the US and New Orleans bore the brunt of its fury.
·Before Katrina, it was Hurricane Andrew that held the record for the most expensive hurricane in the US. It lashed Florida and Louisiana in 1992 and caused damage worth $44 billion; a staggering amount for the three – four days that Andrew remained in strength over the US. Yet, peanuts compared to the damage caused by Katrina. Interestingly, Hurricane Andrew started life as a tropical wave off the west coast ofAfrica.
·Hurricane Charley that hit Florida in 2004 developed as a tropical depression off the coast of Barbados and hit Florida as a category 4 hurricane with winds touching 150 mph. Charley was a small hurricane but very ferocious; it led to 16 tornadoes in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia and cost America $15 billion.
·Hurricane Ivan touched land at GulfShores. Alabama in 2004. It was a category 5 hurricane in the Caribbean and created wind speeds in excess of 120 mph when it touched the GulfShores off Alabama. It spawned more than a 100 tornadoes as it moved inland and caused damage worth $14.2 billion before it finally subsided.
·Hurricane Hugo, another one with a male name targeted Charleston, South Carolina in 1989 and caused storm tides as high as 20 ft in the CapeRomain-BullsBay area. It left the US poorer by $7 billion.
·Hurricane Agnes was category I hurricane even at its most violent. It hit South and North Eastern United States in 1972. Inspite of being a relatively mild hurricane, Agnes caused damage worth $2.1 billion. The damage was caused by flooding and heavy rains.
·Hurricane Betsy visited Southeast Florida and Southeast Louisiana in 1965. Betsy fell just short of being categorized at number 5. Betsy earned the nickname “Billion Dollar Betsy” because it was the first hurricane ever to cause damage touching $1 billion. Adjusting for inflation that amount today is around $11 billion.
·Hurricane Frances hit Florida in 2004; it was only a category 2 hurricane and yet cost the country $8.9 billion in damages. Frances launched over a 100 tornadoes throughout the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states.
·Hurricane Camille hit Mississippi, SE Louisiana, and Virginia in 1969 and notched up the record for being the second most intense hurricane ever to hit the United States. Storms and flash floods caused damage worth $8.8 billion.
·Hurricane Diane ravaged the north coast from Virginia to New York in 1955 and its massive flooding resulted in damages of $6.9 billion.
Steffan L. - May - 2018 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 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..
John P. - April - 2018 - Ft. Lauderdale , Florida I just wanted to thank you. Everyone I talked to there treated me respectfully. My order was handled quickly and professionally.
Mariane E. - March - 2018 - Palm Bay, Florida Thank you Barbara! It was a pleasure doing business with you. You were very patient and accommodating while I was placing my order.
Chris D. - February - 2018 - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida I just wanted to say that the shutters are beautiful. My son and son-in law helped to install and the went in perfectly. I wasn't sure at first about the shutters, but I was referred to the engineering drawings and that was all I needed to convince me that these were the product I wanted!
Ken C. - February - 2018 - Ramrod Key, Florida The custom sized accordion storm shutters arrived on schedule. I was impressed with the quality and ease with which I was able to mount them on my house. I would most definitely order from Empire Construction in the future and recommend your company to anyone in need of storm shutters.
Bernard B. - January - 2018 - Edgewater, Florida
Received the Accordion Shutter order and inspected them. No issues found. The window assemblies and accordion shutters are real 'quality items'. They show good workmanship and attention to detail. Tough quality items. Well worth the $$.Thank you.
Christian L. - December - 2017 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Thanks very much for the Accordion Shutters! I will strongly recommend anyone interested in shutters to you. Again thank you very much.
Bob O. - November - 2017 - North Fort Meyers, Florida
Received the delivery this evening.... No damage... How could there be any damage!!!!! You packed the unit so professional!!!!!!! It is a shame other companies do not pack their stuff as well. Well done to the staff..... wishing you all the best.
Aurilio M - October - 2017 - Miami, Florida
Just want to say I'm very pleased with the shutters I installed just a week before hurricane Irma and they performed very well. All the parts were cut just right and all the hardware that was included was enough for the job.
James F. - September - 2017 - Nassau, Bahamas
Hi Michael! I must say I'm very happy with my Bahama Shutters they arrived in the Bahamas well wrapped and in excellent condition. Installation was easy and they fit my windows perfectly. These are high quality beautifully made shutters and really put the finishing touch on my home, Thank you for your excellent service.
Tammy R. - August - 2017 - St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands Thank you for putting our order together to allow us an easy install of our shutter system. Your attention to detail made the whole process painless and enjoyable.
John C. - July 2017 - Hampstead, North Carolina I want to thank you for the excellent service and high quality of the shutters that I received last year.
They more than met my expectations. Especially, their fit, ease of installation, and beauty were exceptional.
I will be ordering more this month.
Steve R. - April 2017 - Wellington, Florida Thanks for delivering the Storm Panels on Friday. The shutters work great and were very easy to install!
Mark M. - March 2017 - Stuart, Floirida
I am very happy with quality, design, function and especially the staff. Made the project go perfectly. My son and I hung all three Saturday morning in about two hours. He’s a glazier with Last Chance Glass and he said he thought it was excellent workmanship.
Thank you so much.
Alan R. - February 2017 - Montague, Michigan Michael, this is Alan from Michigan we ordered 3 Rolling Shutters from you late last year. We just installed them and the customer is very happy. Thank you, the quality of your shutters and ease of install made it enjoyable to use your product.
Bob O. - January 2017 - North Fort Myers, Florida I received the Accordion Shutter delivery this evening.... No damage... How could there be any damage!!!!!? You packed the units so professionally!!!!!!! It is a shame other companies do not pack their stuff as well. Well done to the staff..... Wishing you all the best.
John C. - December 2016 - Port St. Lucie, Florida The Accordion Shutters went in so easy. OUrTown inspector passed them. No problems. The installation was a breeze. We love our new shutters and you can use us as a reference.Best regards.. John
Dan F. - November 2016 - Scituate, Massachusetts The Accordion Shutter is up and great. Very easy to install. I love it! Thank you.
Ray W. - October 2016 - La Porte, California I just wanted to thank you. We installed the five shutters this weekend and LOVE them! The quality is better than I had expected and the fit and Finish was perfect. You will be hearing from more cabin owners here in the LaPorte CA area once they see these. I have attached a photo of one of the windows, the two tone was a nice touch. Again thank you!
Victor B. - September 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida The Accordion Shutters turned out great, passed inspection with compliments from the building inspector and the homeowner. Thank you.
Gary S. - August 2016 - Port St. Joe, Florida The Bahama Shutters arrived safely Tuesday and they’re all ready installed. Thank you and I’m looking forward to working with you in the future for the new home I plan to build on some new property I just purchased. Thanks again.
Joel P. - July 2016 - Cedar Key, Florida
The Bahama Shutters look great. I was concerned that they would be diffucult to put up but it was easy. Your product is high quality and beautiful! People in my neighborhood are asking me where to get them. I will gladly be recommending your company to them and placing an order for the rest of my house soon. Thanks for a wonderful product!!
Michael M. - June 2016 - Merritt Island, Florida Good Afternoon. I just wanted to show you photos of my back service door shutter on my garage that I just finished installing. Because my job requires me traveling, I will not be able to do the (3) front windows for a little while later.Also without bothering him again, I wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to Bill for his help & knowledge in guiding & educating me through this installation. I did as he told me to do and the results came out as he said that they would. Yessssssssssss Thank you again
Thaddeus S. - April 2016 - Nassau, Bahamas You all did an excellent job on my accordion shutters. They went together like a simple puzzle. I will be recommending you to my family members!
Doreen J – March 2016 – Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Hello I love my hurricane shutters and I also sent a picture. I will give other people your address as well.Thanks for everything. Jessica H. – February 2016 – Jacksonville Beach, Florida We looooooooooooooooooooooooove our shutters! I am so grateful you helped me with the measurements! They look amazing! Thanks again!
Fred M. – January 2016 – Corpus Christi, Texas Good morning. We got the rolling shutters and everything went well with the installation. I'd like to add them to my web page and market these. I was wondering if you could send me something, like a link and whatever i could use to link to my webpage? Anything would help.
Tom W. - December - 2015 - Coos Bay, Oregon I just wanted to let you know that your Rolling Shutters are fantastic. So far they have held up well against a very punishing Oregon coast weather that our beach gets hammered with in the winter. There is so much sand shifting that we actually have to own a Bobcat to move sand all winter long. If you want atestimonialjust ask a few of us that have your shutters.
Louis E. - October - 2015 - Alliquippa, Pennsylvania "I have installed the shutters on my OLD house in Pennsylvania, And I was very impressed with the quality of the Bahama Shutters,,Heavy Aluminum Powder coated finish...I won't have to get up there and every Paint these again.. Also I can leave the window open during a rain and not have to worry about the rain getting the house.. And the best thing the house stays nice and cool with out The Air Conditioner running.. I Love them.."
Brian M. - September - 2015 - Gulf Shores, Alabama Michael, I wanted to thank you for all the time and information you gave me on the phone today regarding hurricane shutters for this project on the Gulf coast. Your expertise was evident and customer service excellent! As a licensed contractor myself, it is a pleasure doing business with a company such as yours. Keep up the great job!
Bill C. - August - 2015 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Thank you for very good service. It is much appreciated!
David C. - July - 2015 - Maui, Hawaii The Bahama Shutters have been received; just in time for our first storm.... Thanks to you, I am READY!!!
Mahalo & Aloha
Gary F. - April - 2015 - San Clemente, California Just a note to thank all at Hurricane Shutters for a wonderful job. From start to finish your team was there to help guide me and delivered what you promised.
Soams S. - February - 2015 - Orange Park, Florida Wow!! My Bahama Shutters are very nice looking. I really like the shutter contrast color with my house!Thanks to all your crew for all the hard work on my behalf. Your assistance and product are outstanding. I love the shutters.Thanks again for your great product support. I will send pictures soon. Please feel free to use me as a reference.
Patrick R. - January - 2015 - Long Island, New York I Just had my Rolling Shutters installed (on 5 sliders) yesterday on our oceanfront beach house in New York where they will provide protection from Noreasters' and hurricanes. In addidtion, they will provide a solid measure of security! Thank you all at Empire for a job well done!