Floods caused due to heavy rains that accompany a hurricane are the second major source of damage to life and property after the storm surge. The floods are caused by the storm surge too. The reason why flooding leads to so many fatalities is that people underestimate the power of water. Also flash floods happen fast; the ground cannot absorb the water that is falling very fast. And therefore water levels rise. Because flash floods can happen dozens of miles away from the source of heavy precipitation, they tend to catch people unawares. Fast running water is a powerful force and can sweep almost anything in its path. What makes it even more dangerous is that does not take long for a dry gully to transform into a raging floodwater nullah. There is often very little time to get out of a low-lying area before the water rises to deadly levels. As little as half a foot of fast running water can unbalance an average person. Vehicles start to float in around two feet of water. Many people drown in their cars. Vehicle-related fatalities in flash floods are very high. Tropical storms can be very heavy so do not disregard warnings on these storms. Even a Category Two hurricane that is slow-moving can produce heavy rainfall that can lead to flash floods.
Flash floods can cause mudslides, loosen rock and earth and carve new passages for water. All this spells bad news for people trapped in vehicles, the main thing when caught in a fast flooding area is to move to higher ground and for this it is essential to stay mobile.
If you stay in a hurricane zone and you know one is approaching, stay away from the floods-prone area; do not linger at the beach or the waterfront. Avoid canyons and gorges. Do not try to drive a vehicle through fast running flood water. You have no idea of the depth of water or whether the road below is present or has been washed away. If you get stuck in the water and the water levels rise there will not be a way out for you except to either drown or wait till the waters recede.
David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida
We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.The shutters were an exact match.Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people. In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!
Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead , Florida
I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.I could not be happier with my choice.The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.The company is very customer-oriented.Michael and his staff were wonderful.They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.The installation video on the website made the installation very easy.I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters. Thanks again. Please say Hi to everyone,