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December 4, 2012

The 2012 Atlantic Basin hurricane season was the most active since 1851.  For the third year in a row there were 19 named storms - four of which, Tropical Storms Beryl and Debby and Hurricanes Issac and Sandy, made landfall on the coastal United States.

Not only was 2012 active, but it was filled with oddities!

On Memorial Day weekend, Tropical Storm Beryl soaked northern Florida, ending a long-running drought and serving as a harbinger of floods to come with successive storms.

In June, Hurricane Chris strengthened to a hurricane in the North Atlantic, far from the western Caribbean where early hurricanes usually form.  Tropical Storm Debby provided forecasters with a challenge when it came to predicting her track through the Gulf of Mexico.  Debby finally made landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida, much further east than originally predicted.

After no activity in July, the month of August saw Hurricane Issac persist with winds for over two days, producing a storm surge that flooded parts of southern Louisiana and causing an 8 inch rise in the Mississippi River.

September saw Nadine form in the Tropical Atlantic and spend almost 22 days whirling around as a tropical cyclone - the 5th longest tropical cyclone on record.  Nadine affected the Azores and strengthened to a hurricane 3 separate times.

In October, the north Atlantic coast of the United States saw the devastating enormity of Sandy and her tropical storm force sustained winds that spanned a diameter of 932 miles, more than double the size of recent hurricanes Issac and Irene.

What have we learned from all of these occurrences?  Possibly that we should expect the unexpected.

Be prepared - give us a call at 888-474-3555 or 954-474-3557 for a free quote on hurricane shutters!




August 1, 2012  

The National Hurricane Service tells us that we are now entering the "heart of the hurricane season". 

Consider this - 93% of major hurricanes occur during this time - August to October.

Of the top ten costliest hurricanes in the United States, 9 of them have occured from August through October. -  Irene (August 2011), Andrew  (August 1992), Ike (September 2008) and Katrina (August 2005).

Why are these months so active?  To simplify - atomospheric conditions are more favorable over a much larger expanse of the Atlantic Basin in these peak months as opposed to the early part of the season.  In June tropical disturbance formation zones are confined to the Gulf of Mexico, western Caribbean, or southeast coast of the United States.  Storms don't have far to go before reaching land.  From July into August, the formation zone spreads east until the "main development region" from the Lesser Antilles to just off Africa heats up.  Tropical easterly waves off Africa become more vigorous and well-defined and sea-surface temps, having spent the entire summer soaking up the sun's energy, cause a marked increase in tropical cyclone activiity.

Be prepared!  Give us a call at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free estimate on all types of hurricane protection.  There is still time to make your property safe and secure for this season and for hurricane seasons for years to come.


May 1, 2012

Forecasters predict a "near normal' Atlantic Hurricane season beginning June 1, 2012


A "near normal" 2012 would see a least a dozen tropical storms and two major hurricanes.   

A variety of climate conditions are starting to change in ways that will make the development of major storm less favorable. 

Water temps off the coast of Africa and into the Caribbean are lower. 

Additionally, trade winds blowing across the Atlantic are stronger than normal, causing more wave activity, which helps to keep the water cooler. 

La Nina, running along the coast of South America, is just about finished.  A different current, El Nino, is expected to begin this fall, creating strong winds that shear off the tops of hurricanes. 

Despite all these changes, forecasters say the United States could still experience a major hurricane or even a hurricane of a different type called a "home grown" storm which develops from a stalled cold front near the coast.

Be prepared! Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters.

December 2, 2011

Active Trend Continues

The Colorado State University Meteorology Project and NOAA's National Hurricane Center report that the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which 7 became hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.  This level of activity continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.  The 19 tropical storms represent the third-highest total (tied with 1887, 1995, and 2010) and is well above the average of 11.

Hurricane Irene was the lone hurricane to make landfall in the United States and it was the most significant hurricane to strike the Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991.  This season was a reminder that storms can hit any part of our coast and that all regions need to be prepared each and every season.

Hurricane Irene is an example of increasing accuracy in forecasting storm track.  Landfall in eastern North Carolina and paths northward were accurately predicted more than 4 days in advance by NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters agree that although the 2011 hurricane season has ended, the need to prepare for disasters has not.  Whether your needs are weather related or security concerns, contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 Be prepared!  Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters









April 6, 2011

Above Average 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected

The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project predicts that the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season has the potential to be quite active.  The forecasters expect to see approximately 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher featuring sustained winds of 111 mph or greater) during the 2011 season.  The forecasters predict a 72% probability of at least one major hurricane landfall on the entire U.S. coastline.

Landfall probabilies for other coastal areas: 


U.S. East Coast including peninsula Florida: 48%

Gulf Coast form the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville, Tx: 47%


Caribbean Basin: 61%

  Be prepared!  Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters


December 2010

The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project has issued its summary of 2010 Atlantic Basin hurricane activity.  Some highlights are as follows:

Nineteen named storms occurred during 2010.  Since 1944, only 1995 (19) and 2005 (28) have had the same or more named storms.

Twelve hurricanes occurred in 2010.  Since 1944, only two seasons, 1969 (12) and 2005 (15) have had the same or more hurricanes in a single season.

Five major hurricanes formed during the 2010 hurricane season.  Since 1944, only seven seasons (1950, 1955, 1961,1964, 1996, 2004, and 2005) have had more than five major hurricanes form.

No Category 5 hurricanes developed in 2010.  This is the third consecutive year with no Cat 5 hurricanes.

Eleven named storms formed between August 22 and September 29.  This is the most named storms to form during this period, breaking the old record of nine named storms set in 1933, 1949, 1984 and 2002. 

Four Category 4 hurricanes (Danielle, Earl, Igor, and Julia) formed in the Atlantic between August 27 and September 15 (20 days).  This is the shortest time span on record for four Cat 4 hurricanes to develop, breaking the old record of 24 days set in 1999.

Only one tropical storm made U.S. landfall this year (Bonnie).

Be prepared!  Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters.


October 2010

 The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project reports that conditions in the Atlantic remain very favorable for continued activity for the remainder of the 2010 hurricane season.

Sea surface temperatures are running a near-record highs due to anomalies that developed over the spring months due to a very weak Azores High and a consequent reduction in the strength of the trade winds.  Summer sea level level pressure anomalies have been well below average  throughout the tropical Atlantic, feeding back into continued reduced trade wind strength.  This positive feedback has helped to keep tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures at very warm levels.


A very warm tropical Atlantic combined with a likely moderate La Nina event will lead to continued activity for the remainder of the hurricane season.

Be prepared!  Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters.


Consumer Alert!

Attorney General Bill McCollum issued the following consumer advisory warning in September:

Don't be fooled by window film companies that are selling their products to homeowners as"hurricane protection".  The International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA) has determined that aggressive sales tactics may have misled some homeowners to believe that the film has been approved for residential use.  The Florida Building Code compliant forms of hurricane protection contain no approval(s) for film applied to a residential structure.  Additionally, some window film companies are also falsely claiming that by purchasing the window film for residential use, the homeowner will be eligible for an insurance discount.  In reality, the insurance industry may not recognize the discount because the film does not meet the standards for use in a residential home.

Consumers can verify all product approvals and the corresponding number at: and/or

Empire Construction offers only Florida Building Code compliant forms of hurricane protection.  See us for all your hurricane protection needs.


April 7, 2010:  2010 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonal Update

The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project has increased its predictions for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.  There will be significantly more activity than the average 1950-2000 season with 15 named storms, 75 named storm days, about 8 hurricanes, 35 hurricane days, 4 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes, and 10 major hurricane days.

Current moderate El Nino conditions are expected to transition to neutral conditions. The weakening El Nino conditions combined with a very strong anomalous warming of the tropical Atlantic are the primary reasons the project is increasing its forecast.

Be prepared!  Call us at 954-474-3557 or 1-888-474-3555 for a free quote on hurricane shutters.


December 2009: 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Early Predictions

The hurricane season forecast from Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project predicts above-average activity in the Atlantic for 2010 beginning June 1st.

The December 2009 report estimates approximately 11-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes occurring during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which is more typical of years in an active era, such as the 1995 season.  The forecast utilizes a statistical methodology derived from 58 years of past data and climate-related global and regional predictors.  The effects of El Nino or La Nina also have an impact on the frequency of hurricanes.  El Nino creates warmer water, and stronger winds that rip topical depressions apart before they become tropical storms or hurricanes.  La Nina creates cooler water, resulting in more hurricanes.  Based on these facts, it is forecasted that El Nino conditions now in effect will weaken.

The early forecast for the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season issued in December can been seen as a good estimate of future storm activity.  This is the 27th year that the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project has released a hurricane season forecast.  The team is now utilizing a new statistical forecast methodology for early December predictions, in hopes of increasing the skill and accuracy of the report.

Seasonal updates of the 2010 hurricane season are due out on April 7th, June 2nd, and August 4th of 2010.



 2009 Hurricane Season kind to the U.S., pleasing insurance companies and property owners alike!


Forecasters told us that global weather patterns are imposing a greater uncertainty in the 2009 hurricane season and as the season draws to an end we see that the actuality of the number of storms falls well below the predictions.  Forecasters give two reasons for the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic basin:

1.  The mid-latitude westerly winds were much farther south than normal and this southward displacement caused three upper level wind features across the Gulf Caribbean and Atlantic to also be shifted south.

2.  El Nino unfolded and became more prominent through summer and fall, resulting in increased west wind shear across the Caribbean and southwest tropical Atlantic and an anomalous sinking motion across the same area.  Neither of these favored tropical cyclone development. 

The following is a list of the nine named storms and two tropical depressions the Atlantic Basin has experienced so far in the 2009 hurricane season:

#1  Tropical Depression #1            May 28-29     35 mph

#2  Tropical Storm Ana                 Aug. 11-17     40mph

#3  Hurricane Bill                         Aug. 15-24    135 mph

#4  Tropical Storm Claudette         Aug. 16-18      50 mph

#5  Tropical Storm Danny             Aug. 26-29       60 mph

#6  Tropical Storm Erika               Sept. 1-4         60 mph

#7  Hurricane Fred                      Sept. 7-12      120 mph

#8  Tropical Depression #8           Sept. 25-26      35 mph

#9  Tropical Storm Grace              Oct. 5-6          70 mph

#10 Tropical Storm Henri              Oct. 6-8           50 mph

#11 Hurricane Ida                       Nov. 4-10        105 mph

The greatest defense against the unpredictability of any hurricane season is preparedness.  Take action now!  Make sure your home is hurricane proof.


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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,

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 a testimonial just 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!

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Clear Panels : 3 - 4 Weeks
Hurricane Fabric : 5 - 6 Weeks
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