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Protect Your Home From Severe Storms: Hurricanes vs Tornadoes

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Major storms can cause absolute devastation to families and even entire communities. Two of the most common and dangerous storms are hurricanes and tornadoes. Hurricanes can completely destroy an otherwise powerful structure in a matter of seconds and tornadoes can lift heavy items and crash into people and housing structures.

Keep in mind, however, hurricanes can actually spawn tornadoes. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew, for example, spawned 62 tornadoes days after the hurricane struck land.

There are a few similarities of these two storms, including the top of each storm spinning around a fixed point in the center, their ability to destroy structures and cause damage and produce extremely strong winds.

So what are the differences between hurricanes and tornadoes?

Hurricanes form over warm waters in the tropical oceans and develop best when they are farm from the jet stream. Tornadoes, on the other hand, form over land and form within storms that are often very close to the jet stream.

Hurricanes can be several hundred miles wide and tornadoes are typically only a maximum of a fourth of a mile wide.

Hurricanes can last even longer than three weeks long sometimes, causing destruction on a daily basis. Tornadoes typically last only around an hour or so.

When it comes to windspeeds, this is where tornadoes are more powerful and damaging. Some of the strongest hurricanes can produce windspeeds of anywhere from 100 to 180 miles per hour. But the most severe tornadoes can have winds as strong as 300 miles per hour. With hurricane sliding doors and windows, you should be able to protect your home from hurricane force winds and the majority of tornadoes, as well.

Regardless of what upcoming storm you’re worried about, make sure that your home is safe and secure so your family can remain protected as the storm passes. Make sure you have hurricane sliding doors, and high impact windows installed throughout your home. These impact sliding doors and windows can keep those strong winds from shattering through your glass and wreaking havoc in your home’s interior.

If you want to learn more about the importance of hurricane sliding doors or speak with professional hurricane window manufacturers in Florida, give Engineering Glass Systems a call right away.