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8 Hurricane myths that we bet you thought were true!

myths about hurricanes

A myth can be defined as a story passed down from generation to generation that is not true or is not always true. The hurricane myths below may be true in limited cases but as a rule they are not. Myths can get you hurt, facts can save your property and lives.

  1. Once a hurricane passes, the worst is over– Yes! the worst wind is over but the rain may continue and you may spend days without electricity dealing with mosquitoes, and displaced snakes and alligators.
  2. “Female named hurricanes are more deadly than the male hurricanes” The studies performed at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University say that in the last 60 years female name hurricanes have caused more extensive damage and more deaths in the US than hurricanes with male names, still they used more than six decades of death rates from US hurricanes to show that feminine-named hurricanes cause significantly more deaths than do masculine-named hurricanes. Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action. This finding indicates an unfortunate and unintended consequence of the gendered naming of hurricanes, with important implications for policymakers, media practitioners, and the general public concerning hurricane communication and preparedness.
  3.  It’s a good idea to tape your windows for protection against hurricanes. The only thing taping windows does it make it a little easier to pick up broken glass. Why plan on having your windows break if you can use a Hurricane solution fabric to totally protect them? Plus, if the storm passes and your windows don’t break, then you have to scrape off dried up tape. USE THE BEST HURRICANE PROTECTION SYSTEM AVAILABLE!
  4. The size of a hurricane tells you how strong it is. Myth. Andrew was smaller than Georges, when making landfall in the Gulf, but Andrew had much stronger winds. The extent of the clouds around a hurricane does not relate directly to the strength.
  5. Animals, birds, and insects act differently when hurricanes approach. Yes, they may since hurricanes bring a big difference in pressure, wind, and humidity. That does not mean that every time animals act differently a storm is coming!
  6. Tropical cyclones only form during hurricane seasons. “If you look from 1970 to the current time, a tropical cyclone — which is a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane — has either formed in or passed through the Central Pacific, not exactly near Hawaii, every month of the year except for February and May,” Cantin said. “So we have a historical record, a system basically for an entire year.”
  7. Using wood to protect windows during a hurricane is the best option. TOTALLY FALSE! This used to be the safest way to protect your windows but it is proven that it only protects you from a category 1 maybe if you are lucky a category 2 hurricane, people used this because there wasn’t anything better available, now we have the best system available to resist a category 5 Hurricane!
  8. Hurricanes are becoming more severe. Not necessarily but the impact is growing. There are cycles where you may have quiet hurricane seasons for a few decades, followed by active ones. The effects of hurricanes are greater because more people than ever live along the coasts and we own a lot of property and items that are expensive. A storm that might not have bothered too many people 50 years ago will now be a much bigger and costlier problem.

So, be careful about believing those myths out there! Hurricane Solution brings the most innovative product on the market, made from the best tested materials and used to protect citizens from the power of nature.

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